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Palm Pre to get in-browser Flash, GSM version

updated 10:40 am EST, Mon February 16, 2009

Palm to Get Adobe Flash

Palm today took advantage of Mobile World Congress to reveal that it has joined Adobe's Open Screen Project with plans to bring an advanced mobile version of Flash to the browser in the Palm Pre's webOS. No details have been revealed about how it will work, though the feature contrasts against previous smartphones, which have often been limited to running Flash Lite separate from the web and with fewer features.

The release date is also unclear, though both Adobe and Palm reiterate claims that Flash will be available on multiple smartphone platforms in the second half of this year.

Palm's deal is a possible blow to Apple, which is reportedly working with Adobe on a Flash port for the iPhone but hasn't published any details of its progress. Apple chief Steve Jobs has argued that a balance is necessary between the low demand but limited Flash Lite and the full but resource-heavy desktop Flash. Adobe has said it will specifically optimize Flash for ARM chips used in most smartphones, which includes the iPhone.

Separately, Palm has unintentionally acknowledged the existence of a GSM version of the Pre with demos to PreCommunity and others attending the event. Details are unknown, though most expect the Pre to include HSPA-based 3G with the network switch and initial signs point to Vodafone as a likely carrier. The company itself has previously acknowledged that it plans to offer GSM Pre units in the second half of 2009.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. Guest

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 1999


    I wish

    they would put a demo at the sprint stores to see if this phone is as awesome as it sounds. I was just about to move over to a BB but now will wait and see. Looks promising for palm.

  1. ctt1wbw

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Jan 2001


    Not sure...

    ...what the big deal is about copy and paste. And I wouldn't consider spending the money to cancel one cell phone service just to go to Sprint, which is the worst, on a cell phone that is not out yet and no one knows how much it's gonna cost, or how many apps you can get for it...

  1. Guest

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 1999


    there be always...


    To many noise and promises around Palm Pre... Hummm believe more in Android OS based Devices then in Palm Pre... Just a feeling, lets wait to see.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: not sure...

    Yeah, because who ever gets, say, some text in an email account they'd like to copy to, I don't know, a contact.

    Or perhaps you get a UPS tracking number.

    Or copy a URL into an email. Or copy some text to add to a note.

    But, you're right. It is just so much easier to pull out a pen and paper, write it down, switch to the other app, and then re-transcribe it. Simple!

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