Adobe Systems has announced the release of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for mobile devices, following the availability of a beta product. It means that websites with Flash applications, animation and other audiovisual content will now be viewable on compatible smartphones.
Juniper Research has calculated that the revenue generated by mobile applications will treble in the next five years, from just under $10 billion in 2009 to $32 billion (£22 billion) in 2015. That figure includes the cost of buying apps ('pay-per-download'), value-added services (including subscription charges) and advertising.
After a number of uncharacteristic leaks from Apple’s product development organisation, the newest Apple iPhone was officially announced by Steve Jobs this evening. It’s called the iPhone 4 and will be on sale in the UK and USA from 24th June. In addition, an 8GB iPhone 3GS model will go on sale at the same time.
ARM, Freescale, IBM, Samsung, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments have formed a not-for-profit software engineering company called Linaro. It plans to make Linux-based development faster and easier, with a focus on ARM chips.
The new partnership is committed to investing in open source projects that can be used by Linux-based distributions, such as Android, LiMo, MeeGo, Ubuntu and webOS. Its software and tools will be available for a variety of devices that utilise semiconductor System-on-Chips (SoCs), including smartphones, tablets, digital televisions, automotive entertainment and enterprise equipment.