BELLEVUE, WASH.: A company called “BSquare” has developed a Flash application for Android, the operating system created by Google for unlicensed devices. Gigaom said the Flash module would be provided to original equipment manufacturers as a browser plug-in for devices running on ARM chips. The app would enable streaming video within device browsers, something current smartphones don’t feature.
Gigaom said the BSquare plug-in would render android the first mobile phone platform capable of supporting Flash in a browser. Neither the iPhone nor Windows Mobile does so, the site says.
-- Deborah D. McAdams
More TVB coverage of Android, et al:
June 23, 2009: “TVB Tech Alert: LG to ARM its TV Sets”
LG Electronics cut a deal with ARM Holdings, the Cambridge, England chip maker that supplies silicon for the majority of cell phones on the market, including the new Apple iPhone 3GS.
June 1, 2009: “TVB Tech Alert: Fan-free, HD-capable Smartbook Revealed”
Computer notebook maker ASUS is circulating a smartbook prototype that runs on Android, Google’s operating system designed for unlicensed devices.
May 28, 2009: “TVB Tech Alert: More Android Features Unveiled”
The Android iteration 2.0 dubbed “Donut” features text-to-speech and handwriting recognition capabilities. At least 20 Android-powered mobile phones are expected to hit the market by the end of the year.
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