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BlackBerry Tablet Rumored to Ship with Flash Support

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There is a rumor that the BlackBerry tablet will not only have a 7″ touchscreen, front and back facing cameras, but will also come with Flash support. Recently, we have heard Adobe say Flash 10.1 has been made available to mobile operators, including RIM, and if a December launch date is true, this should give the company enough time to implement on the tablet. Sources close to the tablet say that it will also come with a hardware-based Flash accelerator.

A BlackBerry tablet with Flash could really help give the device a competitive advantage over other tablets on the market. Considering Flash is a key element in such a large amount of web media, it could make the tablet a very comfortable device for surfing the web.

Adobe Flash 10.1 Released to Manufacturers Including BlackBerry

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Back in mid-April, Adobe’s CEO Shantanu Narayen said they would be on target to deliver Flash 10.1 for smartphones in the first half of 2010. Adobe pretty much made good on this and has delivered 10.1 to manufacturers such as Google and RIM to allow them to deploy it on their devices.

It should be interesting to see how long it will take for Flash 10.1 to be made available to BlackBerry users. Also, it’s not clear exactly how well it will perform on the device. According to Adobe, Flash 10.1 will allow users to experience rich Flash web content as well as play games, view animations, experience rich Internet applications (RIAs), data presentations and visualizations, ecommerce, music, video, audio and more.
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Adobe CEO Confirms Flash 10.1 on BlackBerry in 2nd Half 2010

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UPDATE: Eric Zeman over at InformationWeek makes a good point that Flash 10.1 isn’t technically delayed. Adobe has confirmed for InformationWeek that it is in fact on schedule to deliver Flash 10.1 to smartphone manufacturers. Adobe spokesperson Stefan Offermann told InformationWeek via email, “Adobe is still on track making Flash Player 10.1 for first mobile platforms including Android available before the end of the first half of 2010.” When Narayen spoke to Fox Business about Flash 10.1 arriving on BlackBerry in the 2nd half of 2010, what he really meant was that it will take some time for the companies to actually deploy. So a minor correction here, and we’re still looking forward to seeing Flash on BlackBerry.

Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe, was on Fox Business talking about the latest CS5 announcement but the real news was when he was asked about smartphones and BlackBerry in particular. Previously, we reported that Adobe Flash 10.1 would be coming with general availability expected in the first half of 2010, and now it seems this has been delayed to the second half of 2010.

Flash 10.1 on BlackBerry is going to do some great things for the BlackBerry user experience, as we’ll not only be able to view Flash video content, but applications written in Flash are also expected to be able to run on BlackBerry. I’m hoping somebody ports Robot Unicorn Attack to BlackBerry as soon as it’s available.

Watch the full video above from Fox Business.

Adobe AIR Support on BlackBerry Announced at MWC

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Adobe have announced Adobe AIR is now ready to support mobile platforms such as BlackBerry. AIR leverages specific features of Flash Player 10.1, and is optimized for mobile screens. Also part of the announcement is that Adobe Flash 10.1 was made available to content providers and mobile developers worldwide, with general availability expected in the first half of 2010.

AIR supports all the necessary features for developers to make great applications. AIR includes specific functionality for features such as multitouch, gesture inputs, accelerometer, geolocation and screen orientation. Adobe hopes this will allow developers to create a single app using AIR which will be able to run on multiple platforms. While the announcement has some large implications for mobile and BlackBerry, we may not see the first apps until later this year.