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Adobe Testing Flash Player Optimized For MacBook Air


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We all know about the ongoing scuffaw between Apple and Adobe in regard to the effects of Flash Player in web browsing.  But today, Adobe’s CEO interestingly revealed that Adobe has a version of Flash Player in the works that’s actually being geared for the new MacBook Air.

A recent review of the MacBook Air from Ars Technica had made the note that the device’s battery takes a bit of a shellacking when one browses the Web with Flash Player installed on it.  This led Adobe Chief Technology Officer Kevin Lynch to come to the conclusion that it takes more power to display Flash content than it actually does not to display it, and also claimed that HTML5 content along similar lines would use just as much or more power.

That said, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen made the note yesterday that in order to conserve battery, the key is hardware acceleration, and that Adobe has a version of Flash player in the works for the MacBook Air.

“When we have access to hardware acceleration, we’ve proven that Flash has equal or better performance on every platform.” 

Back in mid-August, Adobe had released an updated version of Flash Player 10.1 to bring hardware acceleration to a variety of Mac models.

via MacRumors

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Tablet Optimized Android OS Could Be In The Cards

One of the great things about Google’s Android OS is that with its open platform, hardware manufacturers can slap it on any device they darn well please. They can modify it to suit their needs and skin it to their heart’s content.

But this is also one of the rotten things about Android. If pushed too far, the OS might still boast top-level functionality, but can often lose much of the stability and flexibility it had when Google let it out of the gate. If you cram Android into a device it’s not meant for–a tablet computer, for example–plenty of important features, such as the ability to use third-party applications available in Android Market, will simply refuse to work.

We’re sure you’ll agree that this sort of thing simply won’t do. Fortunately, our sister site TechRadar has some good news for those of you eagerly waiting to tap and swipe your life away on something other than an iPad. Google has indicated that a tablet optimized version of Android is in the works.

While Google hasn’t been caught speaking directly about the fact that an Android solution for tablets will be available soon, TechRadar has managed to connect a few dots for us. Google has indicated that they’re looking to produce a new version of Android for tablets that will provuide users with the “right experience” when shopping at the Android Market. The search engine giant figures that the best way to sort the problem out is to provide manufactuers with an OS solution geared towards use on a tablet computing device, rather than simply “blowing up” the mobile version.

There is no word on when an official announcment might be made by Google, but we’ll defintely keep you posted, at least to poke some fun at it.