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Top 4 Flash Player Alternatives in Mobile Market

With the advancement of science and technology, mobile is playing a more and more important role in people’s entertainment. Nowadays, people can not only record videos or play music with mobiles but also watch YouTube movies via mobiles. However, as mobile users’ demands of accessing to YouTube video via mobiles increases, the mobile market share of Adobe Flash Player is decreasing drastically. In most cases, mobiles without Flash Player can gain no access to YouTube videos. Therefore, Flash Player alternatives are highly desired in mobile market.

Right after iPhone‘s rejection to Adobe Flash, Jelly Bean device has excluded support to Adobe Flash in system design. Though Windows mobile still leaves a place for Adobe Flash, it is most likely to follow suit after security flaws caused by Adobe Flash has been founded in Windows 8. Therefore, Flash Player alternatives are quite necessary. Without Flash Player alternatives, the absence of Adobe Flash in mobile market will lead to the turmoil of the market. Luckily, the mobile market has gotten such Flash Player alternatives already. Therefore, this post will show you top four Flash alternatives in mobile market.

1. HTML 5: Flash Player alternative for all mobiles

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As the major competitor of Adobe Flash Player, HTML5 gains the final victory in the battle of Adobe Flash vs HTML5. Even Adobe has decided to switch its attentions from Adobe Flash to HTML5 in the future. Once HTML5 is widely adopted, the era of Adobe Flash will end. For video websites with HTML5 support, Adobe Flash Player is no longer a necessity to watch online videos. Therefore, the popularization of HTML5 will help mobile users to enjoy YouTube videos freely.

2. Gianduia: Flash Player alternative for iPhone

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It is a well-known story that Apple is working on its own Adobe Flash Player named Gianduia. Though there are few details about the loftily expected app, people believe that the alternative Flash Player will be no less powerful than mobile Adobe Flash. Moreover, according to the tradition of Apple, Gianduia is almost certain to be an app powerful in function and secure in design. The only problem is that the launch date of the Flash Player alternative is still unknown. Moreover, after YouTube app has been rejected by iOS 6, users need to figure out ways to watch YouTube videos with iOS 6 devices like iPhone 5.

3. Silverlight: Flash Player alternative for Windows mobile

Silverlight

In 2007, Microsoft is working on a Flash Player alternative named Silverlight. Unlike Gianduia, Silverlight was put in use in some certain fields. As a free plug-in, powered by the .NET framework and compatible with multiple devices and operating systems, Silverlight seems to be an ideal Flash Player alternative in mobile market. To many people, it is quite surprising that Silverlight is not used as an official app for Windows 8 system. However, after Adobe Flash Player has lost its last chance in Windows 8, Silverlight may become an ideal choice for Windows mobile.

4. Adobe AIR: Flash Player alternative for Android mobile

Adobe AIR

As another product provided by Adobe, Adobe AIR is playing a more and more important role in Android market. As a cross-platform runtime environment designed to build Rich Internet Applications, Adobe AIR is now widely used to create apps for Android mobiles. Moreover, via Adobe AIR, people can help Android mobiles to gain access to online videos without Adobe Flash Player installed. For example, BBC had replaced Adobe Flash with Adobe Air in iPlayer a few weeks ago. Therefore, Adobe AIR can be viewed as a Flash Player alternative for Android mobile.

Mobile Market Demand Turns Right but Adobe Flash Turns Left

After Adobe announced its plan to cease the development program for Adobe Flash, the discussion of the death of Adobe Flash has never ceased. Though there are various alternative apps in the market, none of them are powerful enough. However, the market is eager to getting rid out of Adobe Flash. Therefore, one can sense interesting phenomena: mobile market demand turns right but Adobe Flash turns left. While mobile market demand for Flash is increasing, support to Adobe Flash Player is decreasing.

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Mobile market is a sector that Adobe Flash Player never really cared before. Therefore, after making several mistakes, Adobe could do nothing but witness the fall of Adobe Flash Player in mobile market. However, it is not easy to drive Adobe Flash out of mobile market. For one thing, as an app exclusively designed for online video websites, Adobe Flash is the only choice for mobiles to get access to YouTube videos. For another, the rising of alternative apps like HTML 5 are not good enough to replace Adobe Flash.

With wide range of usage, someone asserted that Adobe Flash will remain popular. However, to his surprise, things completely went out of control. The truth is more and more mobiles, especially those favored ones, can’t wait breaking ties with Adobe Flash. It was iPhone that made the first attempt and other mobiles like Nokia phones and Android cells decided to follow suit. Adobe Flash also made its revenges by quitting Google Play. Therefore, at present, not only Jelly Bean mobiles fail to install Flash Player but also Gingerbread devices.

Contrary to the lessening mobile support to Adobe Flash, the market welcomes a rising demand for the same application. With the development of science and technology, mobile has turned out to be a mini version of computer. Without YouTube support, a device can’t name itself powerful multimedia tool. YouTube support can’t be achieved without Adobe Flash. Then market demand for Flash Player increases. At present, the mobile market is now in a situation where mobile support to Adobe Flash is downhill and requirement for Adobe Flash is rising.

For mobile makers, there are many reasons to reject Adobe Flash. It is brings security concerns, it is energy-consuming and it crashes quite often. However, there is one reason to support Adobe Flash and this one makes a difference. There are no alternative apps to satisfy users’ rising demand for Adobe Flash. Though Apple is working on a similar app, it is not available at present. HTML 5 has been a favored choice but never put into practice in a large scale. BBC had replaced Adobe Flash with Adobe Air in iPlayer but the power of the media player is still a myth. Therefore, Adobe Flash Player is still the best choice to meet user’s increasing demand.

Currently, mobile users want the function of Adobe Flash Player while makers are reluctant to provide them. As a result, when getting the latest mobile, users are trying to find ways to watch Flash on iPhone 5, install Adobe Flash on Jelly Bean devices or download YouTube videos with mobiles. To this extent, users are in great pains in the situation where Adobe Flash turns left and mobile market demand turns right. The only way to release the agony is to bring Adobe Flash back to the supporting list. However, this is not likely to happen.

Adobe Flash Roadmap for Runtimes – Game and Quality Video Oriented

It has been such a shame for Adobe since last year it admitted to cease the development of Flash Player for mobile equipments. However, it does not necessarily mean that the company has completely given up this rich media network format which has been considered ubiquity for a long time. Recently Adobe announced the new Flash roadmap file for runtimes, which lists the prior development projects and reveals the way how to continue and support Flash.

The future vulnerability repair and development will focus on two key areas: game and high quality video deploy. Due to its huge ubiquity, Adobe wants to see the situation that Flash is able to maintain its leading position in online games, and to support the developers through official game development plan and a set of game services. As for video, it’s Adobe’s commitment to work closely with hardware partners, and to provide video streaming and content protection technology to more platforms with local format.

Adobe promises to release Flash Player 11.2 in the first quarter of 2012, adding the support to mouse right-click and middle-click. Moreover, Adobe is planning to launch Flash Player “Cyril” in the second quarter of 2012 and “Dolores” in the second half of 2012. Although Cyril and Dolores aim just to increase the updates of product game function, Adobe has finished the regulation completely for Flash Player “Next”, which will be released sometime in the next year.

The platform support will be shrinking after the release of Flash Player 11.2, and Adobe then will stop the direct download of Linux version Flash browser plug-in. Alternatively, Adobe leads customers to use Google Chrome, which has Flash playback function integrated in default. Adobe cares Windows 8 very much as well, but as the operating system can be run on a variety of configurations, the Flash support configuration and time are unknown yet.

As for mobile field, the roadmap reminds us Flash Player 11.1 will be the last version with mobile equipment support, Adobe will afterwards only release the updates regarding vulnerability repair or security issues.

The Latest Flash Spy Vulnerability, The Biggest Security Threat to Gmail

Gmail users attention! The newest Flash vulnerability is undergoing hacker attacks, it may lead to Gmail info leak, malicious use of email and other consequences. Adobe has currently released the upgraded version of Flash Player to repair this serious issue.

According to the analysis, when Gmail users open the malicious web page with Flash vulnerability attack codes, a “spy” account will be secretly added by hackers in your Gmail. This “spy” account can read not only all the emails, but also send emails in the name of Gmail master, so that the hackers can release malicious ADs, fraud information etc.

Flash is widely used in the fields like web video, web games and so on, and Adobe Flash Player has been installed in almost 90% home computers. At the same time, Gmail has a large number of loyal users as well. Therefore, the exposure of Flash “spy” vulnerability will be a great threat to Gmail security.

At present, Adobe company has released the upgraded version of Flash Player to repair this vulnerability. It is highly recommended to download and install the latest Flash Player from Adobe’s official website, to protect the safety of your Gmail account.

Adobe Flash Player 10.3 All New Features Presentation(Part II)

To be continued, this blog will present the remaining features of Adobe Flash Player 10.3 and again, analyze how it works with Moyea SWF Converter perfectly.



Adobe Flash Player 10.3 remaining new features:

Interoperate with Network and System Resources

DATA STORAGE AND EXCHANGE

Asynchronous communication model; Binary sockets; Shared objects; Binary data access; Local connection.

SYSTEM INTERACTION

Globalization support; File upload and download APIs; Input method editor (IME) support; Read/write clipboard access.

BROWSER INTEGRATION

Browser privacy mode (desktop only); Out-of-memory management; External API; WMODE

ACCESSIBILITY Support for MSAA

Deliver Consistent Web Experiences

OPENNESS

Open specifications; Open source support

COLLABORATION

Public bugbase; SWF search; Open Screen Project

Depend on the most Ubiquitous, Consistent Cross-platform Runtime

EASY CROSS-PLATFORM DEPLOYMENT

Support for mobile platforms; Cross-platform and browser consistency; Rapid adoption; Easy installation

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Adobe Flash Player 10.3 All New Features Presentation(Part I)

From the earliest Flash Player 10.1 to the current 10.3, Moyea SWF Converter is being updated synchronously too for only one purpose: to support well kinds of Flash SWF files!

Each time whenever there is an update for Flash, Moyea has its own seamless solutions, making your Flash enjoyment on popular devices fast, cost-effective and best-quality-guaranteed.

Let us have a glance at the new features of Adobe Flash Player 10.3:

Control User Privacy

Simplified local storage management Desktop

 

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Clear local storage from the browser settings interface just like how you clear your browser cookies.
Local settings manager Manage Flash Player privacy, security, and storage settings directly from the Control Panel.
Auto-update notification for Mac OS Stay current more easily due to the support for automatic notification of software updates on Mac OS.

New Creative Possibilities

FILTERS AND EFFECTS 3D Effects Create more intuitive, engaging interfaces using built-in support for 3D effects.
Custom Filters and Effects Create high-performance, real-time effects for cinematic experiences that quickly engage users.
Dynamic Filters, Effects, Blend Modes, and Fills Add real-time dynamic effects with built-in filters for blur, drop shadow, glow and more.
TEXT Sub-Pixel Text Rendering Enjoy improved readability of text in Flash Player, especially for complex character-based languages.
Mobile Text Input Input text using native device virtual keyboards with TextField support if no physical keyboard is detected.
Advanced Text Support Take advantage of the flexible text engine that brings print-quality publishing to the web.
NATIVE DEVICE INTERACTIONS Native Custom Mouse Cursors Define custom native mouse cursors, enabling user experience enhancements and improving performance.
Accelerometer Input Leverage accelerometer input on supported devices for user input control and to control screen orientation.
Multitouch and Gestures Take advantage of the latest hardware and operating system user interaction capabilities using new ActionScript 3.0 APIs for multitouch and native gesture events.

Produce Stunning Media Experiences

AUDIO AND VIDEO CODECS Acoustic echo cancellation (desktop only); Speex audio codec; High-quality video codecs
HIGH PERFORMANCE PLAYBACK Stage Video hardware acceleration; H.264 video hardware decoding; Internet Explorer 9 hardware-accelerated rendering support (desktop only)
MEDIA DELIVERY Content protection (desktop and Google TV only); Fast switch; HTTP Dynamic Streaming; Stream reconnect; Smart seek; Buffered stream catch-up; Peer-assisted networking

Deploy Dynamic Web Applications on a Powerful Runtime

EXTENSIBILITY ActionScript 3.0; Global error handling; Microphone access (desktop only); Dynamic sound generation; Drawing API; Text engine; Binary file support; Bitmap manipulation; Context menu
HIGH PERFORMANCE Audio hardware decoding; Hardware acceleration; Full-screen, hardware-accelerated mode; Graphical rendering; Multicore support for graphics; Anti-aliasing engine (Saffron 3.1); ActionScript Virtual Machine 2; Vector data type
RAPID RESPONSE TIME Optimized SWF management (mobile only); Sleep mode (mobile only); Flash Player cache; Periodic timer; Lightweight application size; Progressive application loading

So, as the partial new features of Adobe Flash Player 10.3 have surfaced, click here to know how Moyea SWF Converter ingratiate itself with them since the Flash Player 10.1!

( to be continued)

Flash Schools and Flash Tutorials 2 – Flash How To

After the general introduction of Flash in the previous blog entry, including the definition of Flash and the advantages & disadvantages of Flash, now we come to the second chapter of Flash Schools and Flash Tutorials series – how to deal with Flash? This part includes the following contents:

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Who can View and How to View Flash?

According to a survey conducted in 2000, 96.4% web users have Shockwave Player(Flash Player) preinstalled in their computers. There it goes, exactly those people can experience Flash content via the Flash Player.

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How to Create Flash Movie?

To create your own Flash movies, Flash games, Flash banners, Flash slideshows, Flash animations, etc. you have to have some Flash programs. For example, Adobe Flash Lite, Flash SWF Editor, Flash SWF Banner Maker and so on.

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How to Download & Convert Flash SWF Files?

Have no idea and prefer not bother to make Flash by yourself? Try to download it directly from Internet with a handy online Flash downloader and then proceed to convert the downloaded Flash SWF to video in popular formats for playback on various portable devices.

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How to Ask for Help about Flash?

After you have installed Flash, you should go through the lessons that are included in the program. Start Adobe Flash, click Help in the menu and choose Lessons. These lessons will teach you the basics of Flash.

BlackBerry Tablet PC Confirms to Support Flash

According to foreign media reports, the rumors about BlackBerry tablet PC ‘s release has lasted for several months. Ashok Kumar, an analyst from Rodman & Renshaw, has released a statement last Friday regarding this issue, which accurately revealed the news that may make the rumors come true.

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From Boy Genius Report released in May, it is guessable that BlackBerry tablet PC screen size might be 8.9 inches, only the bluetooth or WiFi connection available, has to mate with BlackBerry phones. When it comes to June report from Wall Street Journal, it is estimated that the equipment will come with “a slide-out keyboard, which can operate BlackBerry new system on it, and with general search column.”

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Kumar said in the statement, actually the size of BlackBerry tablet PC is 7 inches, with 1GHz Marvell processor, two cameras for video conference. Insiders have confirmed the accuracy of the news, meanwhile, they also said BlackBerry tablet will support Flash, and the hardware-based Flash accelerator is also available.

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Adobe CEO, Mr. Shantanu Narayen previously said that Flash 10.1 will land BlackBerry in the late 2010. Although the impact of flash-supported BlackBerry tablet is still unknown in the market, it is definitely an ideal equipment for mobile enterprise users.

Anyhow, whether the BlackBerry tablet will be released in the upcoming Dec is still a mystery.

PS: for more ways to make flash playable on devices which radically do not support flash, please turn to this useful tool for help.

Microsoft IE9 will Support VP8 Video Technology and May Replace Flash

May 20th, 2010, manager of IE department Dean Hachamovitch said Microsoft IE9 browser will support VP8 video CODEC technology, the purpose of which is to improve IE9’s openness and compatibility.

WebM Project

Google has announced the debut of WebM project on Wednesday’s I/O developers technology conference. WebM is an open, royalty-free network media file format, and is supported by the commercial software giants such as Mozilla(the developer of Firefox browser), Opera(the developer of Norway browser), AMD, Nvidia , Oracle and so on.

WebM adopts VP8 codec technology, which is Matroska media technology based on the network video technology developer On2.. Early this February, Google has taken over On2 with $1.06 million dollars. On2 is well-known for video compression technology, and this technology has been widely applied in all kinds of desktop software and mobile applications. On2 customers include Adobe, Skype, Nokia, Infineon, Sun, SONY, American network television servicer Brightcove etc.

Microsoft Response

Regarding Google WebM, Hachamovitch said on Wednesday’s night in blog: “IE9 supports not only HTML5, but also H.264 video and VP8 video. However, the premise is the users must have the VP8 codec pack installed in Windows.” He stressed that there are still some specific technical problems need to be solved before IE9’s perfect support to VP8.

Hachamovitch said: “I want to make it clear that we hope to maintain IE’s security and stability, but at the same, improve its openness and compatibility. We promise to the customers that IE9 shall support all the frequently-used media formats. Meanwhile, the intellectual property rights of Windows clients, developers, and all internet users, will be protected.

Standard Competition

Fully support to networl video is one of the new functions of HTML5 internet browsing standard. But for the network video standard, Ogg Theora and H.264 are deadlocked. Microsoft, as one of the important contributors to H.264 standard, decides to continually support it in Windows operating system and IE9 browsers. Apple also stands by H.264 and said the H.264 video technology will become the alternative products of Adobe Flash.

However, Mozilla and Opera have different voices. They disapprove H.264 format. In addition, the insiders who establish the the technical specification of HTML5 also said, network video standard should not only choose specific codec.

Insiders said, WebM project may help reduce the conflict between Ogg Theora and H.264. But if WebM can not get the support from Microsoft and Apple, it is very hard to be the actual network video standard. Apple hasn’t comment on Google’s release of WebM project yet.

Highly recommended by Mozilla

Mozilla preachers Chris Blizzard wrote in blog on Wednesday: “VP8 is superior to Ogg Theora speaking of codec quality, and it can compete with H.264 speaking of picture quality. We will support WebM in Firefox, and today we released the beta Firefox 4.0, with the early support to WebM.”

Opera also launched a beta browser which supports WebM format. Opera CTO Hakon Wium Lie said: “HTML, CSS and JavaScript have never had patent, Internet should always be open.

Although the video function of HTML5 standard may be a significant threat to Adobe Flash, Google and Adobe are already in the alliance and Google has decided to integrate Flash to its Chrome browser. Because of this, Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch said on Wednesday that Flash player will be integrated with VP8 function and the new product is set to be released within one year.

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The Contradiction between Adobe and Apple is Getting Fierce

According to foreign media reports, Adobe company delivered an advertisement and open letter on May, 13th, strongly accused Apple for strangling the competition. Apple previously had made it very clear that the Adobe software applications were totally banned on iPad and iPhone.

Adobe said in the advertisement: “We like Apple. What we don’t like is the person who grabs your freedom to choose. You definitely have the freedom to choose what are you going to create, how to create, and what to experience on the internet.” Adobe also bought a full-page on Washington Post today, gave all the details about this dispute between Adobe and Apple. At the end of the open letter were the signatures of co-founder Geschke Chuck and John Warnock.

In this letter, Adobe declared: “the essence of the problem lies in: who is the real controllor of Internet? We think the answer is the Internet users, rather than any of the powerful company.”

It is reported recently that Apple is developing the Flash-alternative project Gianduia, which was revealed in WWDC(Worldwide Developers Conference) last year.. Apple has said it will support HTML5, JavaScript and CSS, but not Flash.

The insiders think the Adobe open letter is a strong evidence that the divergence between Adobe and Apple is getting worse. Two weeks ago, the CEO of Apple just issued a 29-paragraph-long article to accuse Adobe Flash for “major technology defect”. It is said that Adobe has officially sued to America Anti-Monopoly Government Department and it may investigate this case accordingly. This means the contradiction between the two is intensified thoroughly.

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