Friday, June 26, 2009

Adobe and HTC brings Flash Technology to HTC Hero

Adobe Systems Incorporated and HTC have announced that the new HTC Hero is the first Android phone to ship with support for Adobe Flash Platform technology. The new phone aims at delivering a more complete Web browsing experience and access to a broad variety of Flash technology based content available on the Web today.

“As the first Android device with Flash, the new HTC Hero represents a key milestone for Android and the Flash Platform. With close to 80 percent of all videos online delivered with Adobe Flash technology, consumers want to access rich Web content on-the-go.” said David Wadhwani, vice president and general manager, Platform Business Unit at Adobe. “The collaboration with HTC offers people a more complete Flash based Web browsing experience today and presents an important step towards full Web browsing with Flash Player 10 on mobile phones in the future.”

“Adobe Flash is an important core technology for people interacting and experiencing the Web, it is only natural to be offering it on the new HTC Hero first,” said John Wang, chief marketing officer, HTC Corporation. “We look forward to continuing our close collaboration with Adobe and to bringing Flash Player 10 support to our phones in the future.”

The HTC Hero is designed to try and deliver powerful, compatible video playback performance using Flash technology and interactive content enabled by ActionScript 2.0. Users will be able to enjoy and navigate through Web videos using intuitive video controls. With progressive streaming of large MP3 audio files from a Web server and the local file storage, the HTC Hero should provide a seamless audio experience. Support for Sorenson and On2 VP6 codecs enables higher quality video and playback of existing Web content.

A demo of the user experience enabled by the Flash Platform on the HTC Hero and the Android operating system can be viewed here.