I reported last Friday that Motorola announced that Flash 10.2 would be releasing today, and a few days ago, we saw a leaked Flash 10.2 build appear that was working on Android FroYo devices and higher. Now, Engadget is reporting that, contrary to early reports that this release is only for Honeycomb devices, most devices running FroYo and up will be able to install Flash 10.2.
According to the Engadget article, they have spoken with company employees about the release and say that the update should be available sometime today. However, at the time of writing, no official Flash 10.2 release is available for my Nexus S to download from the Android Market.
As the leaked version indicated, there is no requirement for a dual-core processor with this latest version of Flash. The video playback performance on handsets has improved noticeably, but not tremendously, with Engadget giving one example of a 480p video's playback on a Droid 2 going from "unwatchable" to "fairly jerky."
Flash playback on Tegra 2 equipped devices was fine on 490p, with observable hiccups when tackling 720p content. There also appears to be issues integrating Flash into Honeycomb's browser due to problems detecting touch input when Flash is not in full screen mode.
Adobe also revealed to Engadget that this newest release does not yet use hardware aceleration, which is still planned on being added in a later release that should take 720p playback to a "really smooth, enjoyable level."
Let us know how you like the newest version in the comments if you decide to download it from the market later today.
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