Adobe Flash 10.1 with GPU hardware acceleration support now available

June 10, 2010, By Thomas Antony

Adobe has officially started serving up Flash Player 10.1 on its download pages. This will be the first runtime release of the Open Screen Project, which aims at enabling consumers to “engage with rich internet experiences seamlessly across any device, anywhere”. It is an industry-wide initiative, led by Adobe and backed by other industry leaders.

Flash Player 10.1 hit the Release Candidate status a couple of months ago and the upgrade brings with it support for hardware acceleration of video content.

The new Flash Player is expected to include support for hardware decoding of H.264 encoded flash video content on supported GPUs. Many of the recent GPUs from AMD ATi as well as NVIDIA and Intl will support hardware-accelerated Flash content. Also supported is the Broadcom Crystal HD chipset popular in netbooks.

The new flash player also includes many new features targeting mobile devices such as use of virtual keyboards in case of touchscreens and multitouch and gesture support. There is also a new accelerometer class which allows detection of the orientation of the device using the accelerometer on the device if any. Ther eis also a new sleep mode which helps reduce CPU load and battery consumption on mobile devices.

The new version is currently available on multiple platforms except for Mac. Mac users will need to wait for the upcoming “Gala” update to get hardware acceleration support.

Windows and Linux users can go get Adobe Flash Player 10.1 here.

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