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June 02, 2011

Qualcomm Augments Flash player Capabilities on its Mobile Processors


Qualcomm (News - Alert) Inc., a provider of advanced wireless technologies, products and services, has made two key announcements that will bring exceptional Web experience throughout all tiers of Qualcomm-enabled smart mobile devices.

According to a press release, the first announcement made by Qualcomm is the extension of Adobe (News - Alert) Flash Player capabilities and full Web browsing to the mass market segment of Qualcomm-enabled smartphones. The second announcement is enabling high-definition (HD) video playback of Flash-based content on mid-tier as well as higher end Snapdragon-powered smartphones and tablets.

Danny Winokur, vice president, Flash Runtime for Adobe, said in a statement, "Rich content delivered via Flash Player is a key element of a full Web experience, and we're committed to bringing it across as many platforms as possible."

"Qualcomm and Adobe have developed a lasting relationship driven by both sides' desire to bring an exceptional Web experience throughout all tiers of smart mobile devices," said Rob Chandhok, president of Qualcomm Internet Services, in a statement. "Bringing Flash Player to the mass market segment of smartphones and HD video to higher end smartphones with Qualcomm's processors will expand the scope of possibilities on a mobile device."

According to Qualcomm, the company’s 800MHz MSM7x27 mobile processor is the first to enable Flash Player for the mass market segment of smartphones. Consequently, this initiative will facilitate handset manufacturers to deliver richer Web-based multimedia and graphics experiences for casual games, applications, videos and other Flash-based content.

Winokur added, "By optimizing Flash Player for the range of underlying hardware, Adobe and Qualcomm unlock the best multimedia capabilities of each device, from rich Web browsing on the 800MHz MSM7x27 processor through HD video playback on the Snapdragon MSM8x55."

Apart from enabling Flash Player on the company’s 800MHz MSM7x27 mobile processor, Qualcomm has also enabled a tight integration of hardware and software between Flash Player, Android (News - Alert) and Qualcomm's Snapdragon MSM8x55 mobile processor by working closely with Adobe.

With this teamwork and new capabilities, providers can deliver seamless and smooth HD quality video for mid-tier and higher end smartphones and tablets.

"Software continues to be critical to the mobile user experience, and HTC (News - Alert) is committed to bringing Flash content from the Internet to all types of devices, including smartphones and tablets," said Kouji Kodera, chief product officer of HTC, in a statement. "As a leading manufacturer of Flash-enabled products, HTC is focused on ensuring that all of our customers have seamless access to high-quality video streaming."

In the recent news, Qualcomm acquired Atheros (News - Alert) Communications, a provider of semiconductor system solutions for wireless and other network communications products. Qualcomm Atheros, the subsidiary of Qualcomm, has already started sampling its new WCN3660 combo chip designed to bring expanded connectivity options to the Qualcomm Snapdragon family of mobile processors.


Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves
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