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October 06, 2009

Adobe and Qualcomm Collaborate on Open Screen Project to Enhance Flash Player 10.1

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

Adobe and Qualcomm (News - Alert) are reportedly working together as part of the Open Screen Project aimed at enhancing and dramatically increasing the performance of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for Qualcomm’s chipsets targeted at smartphones and smartbooks. The first consumer devices ready to support Flash Player 10.1 will be smartbooks and smartphones from companies such as Toshiba (News - Alert) and will be based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset.

Led by Adobe, the Open Screen Project includes close to 50 companies working together to provide a consistent runtime environment across mobile phones, desktops and other consumer electronic devices. Qualcomm deals in developing and delivering digital wireless communications products and services based on CDMA and other advanced technologies.

By working along with Qualcomm to take its Flash player to next-generation mobile device Adobe is hoping to venture into the mobile department and let no mobile phone go to market without full Web browsing capabilities. Qualcomm has added that its chipsets have been especially optimized and built so they work flawlessly with the Adobe Flash Player 10.1.

In a release, David Wadhwani, vice president and general manager for the Platform Business Unit at Adobe, said Adobe has a longstanding relationship with Qualcomm as one of the first participants in the Open Screen Project and Adobe Flash technology is widely renowned for its online video delivery. This technology now blended with the Qualcomm chipsets will help bring the latest, most innovative Web experiences created using the Flash Platform to next-generation smartphones and smartbooks.

Rob Chandhok, vice president of software strategy for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, added that Qualcomm is continually looking to enable richer multimedia experiences on mobile devices, and the Adobe Flash Platform technologies will be a significant part of that effort moving forward. Their partnership with Adobe offers their device manufacturing customers with the ability to deliver even more compelling and full-featured products to the market.

Netbooks, set-tops, smartphones, MIDs and other mobile devices built on the Flash technology and Qualcomm chipsets will be able to access Flash enabled website without any troubles and smartphones will be able to quickly display a page and will not freeze every time an animation is played.

Qualcomm's Plaza Mobile Internet was recently purported to power America Movil's Ideas widget service -- and Adobe ColdFusion 9 is now available in the market.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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