On the Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona, Adobe released Flash 10.1 beta. This non public release aims at developers to allow them to make final changes to their Flash based websites to make them compatible to mobile devices.
Currently some Flash based applications are not adjusted to mobile devices. So touching buttons on small displays is not working best. Adobe recommends Flash content providers to adjust their products for mobile devices.
Adobe Flash 10.1 is coming to Google’s Android, Symbian OS, Palm’s WebOS, Windows Mobile, and Blackberry. A final version will be finished in mid 2010.
Adrian Ludwig of Adobe says, technically the Flash platform could easily be enrolled to the iPhone, but Apple’s license policies does not allow that at the moment. Moreover he says In december 2010 more than 7million iPhone and iPod Touch users tried to browse to Adobe’s Flash installer website to find out it is not available for that device.
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On Monday European Palm Pre users were just happy to eventually have the 1.3.1 update that has already been provided to U.S. customers two weeks earlier.
Sadly the smiling in our faces didn’t last long. European customers rapidly found out that their App Catalog had been crippled. PreCentral explains why this technically happened, but they cannot explain the marketing logic behind this move.
Luckily there is a strong European community of developers, that Palm should be listening to more carefully, since many of us are iPhone switchers.
The workaround for Europeans
A guy going by the nick Dleira from Switzerland found a way to re-enable many more (all?) applications for European Palm Pre friends aswell. It has been confirmed to be working, but anyway: do this at your own risk. We did not test it yet. This workaround requires root access to your Pre.
As of today European GSM Palm Pre customers on the Telefonica networks (O2 Germany, O2 UK, Movistar Spain) can download and install WebOS Update 1.3.1.
After downloading the 134MBytes update it will be validate for about some five minutes. Have your battery loaded, installation will take another 10 minutes.
Now, go and get it. It has eventually some nice improvements in performance.
It also brings back support for iTunes synchronization. Albeit for iTunes 9.01 only. Current version is iTunes 9.02. So the golden rule seems to be better don’t update iTunes too early if you’re having a Palm Pre.
There have been rumors in the last weeks which carrier which offer the Palm Pre in European countries. As of today we know the rumors were true. In Germany, Great Britain, Ireland O2 will be the exclusive distributor of Palm’s new flagship, in Spain the iPhone competitor will be offered by Movistar.
As of now other European carriers seem to be in negotiations with Palm for exclusive distribution. There are no information yet about subscription prices. According to the O2’s german Preregistration site introduction to the german market is planned for october 2009.