Open source frash brings Flash to iPad, Adobe goes Android

Mobile RIA space begins to heat up

A Flash app running on the iPad with the help of frash

A Flash app running on the iPad with the help of frash

A new open source project dubbed frash will allow iPad users to experience Flash in the Web browser as Adobe begins demonstrating its own efforts to port Flash 10.1 to the newly released Android 2.2 “Froyo”.

A hacker going by the name of “comex” has added the frash code to the GitHub online collaborative development portal. The code is available at the Frash GitHub repository.

To install frash you need to have a jailbroken iPad along with the iPhone SDK (3.2 Final), Snow Leopard 10.6.4 and an Android image of libflashplayer.so from Froyo.

The code is described as “extremely beta” and may not meet all the functionality of Flash on supported platforms, but frash has been demonstrated running Flash applications on the Safari browser natively.

With a successful port to iOS, the operating system used for the iPad and iPhone, frash should run on both types of devices.

Now Android 2.2 “Froyo” is publicly available and device makers like Motorola are pushing it out to handsets, Adobe has started showing off Flash 10.1 for the platform.

Motorola’s Droid Milestone is now available in Australia and along with its successor the Droid X may receive the Android 2.2 in the coming months.

Adobe senior technical evangelist Ted Patrick has demonstrated Flash Player 10.1 for Android on the Motorola Droid X.

With this software installed Android devices can surf the Web and watch embedded Flash videos like those on YouTube.

Patrick said full-screen games are supported with Android’s Flash and it uses the device’s screen information to provide a better experience.

Other Flash applications like one for World Cup 2010 games and statistics also work on Android, including the live data feeds.

Both Flash and Froyo are coming to the Droid X around August, Patrick said.

Rodney Gedda is Editor of TechWorld Australia. Follow Rodney on Twitter at @rodneygedda. Rodney's e-mail address is rodney_gedda@idg.com.au. Follow TechWorld Australia on Twitter at @Techworld_AU

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