Adobe Set to Release Flash Player 10.2 for Android

Adobe is preparing to release an important update to its Flash Player software for mobile and will make it available as a download for certain smartphones and tablets.

This Friday, March 18th, Adobe plans to offer Flash Player 10.2 for mobile available through the Android Market online store.

Adobe said in a blog post that the release will include a more complete, general availability release for Android 2.2 and 2.3 devices. It will be available as a beta release for Android 3.0 tablets. The general availability release will also be pre-installed on many upcoming tablets and smartphones or delivered as an over-the-air update to those who already own the hardware-ready Android devices.

Adobe's Antonio Flores said in the blog that "We have been working very closely with Google to ensure tight integration between Flash Player 10.2 and new OS and browser capabilities in Android 3.0. The March 18th beta release of Flash Player 10.2 in conjunction with Google's first system update to Android 3.0 (version 3.0.1) currently underway for the Motorola Xoom will deliver the first phase of our work together. This will be followed by subsequent updates, which will complete the optimizations and result in a production GA release of Flash Player 10.2 for Android 3.0."

The announcement of this release came on the day that Apple made the iPad 2 available for sale.

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