Adobe has announced that Flash Player 10.2 will be available for Android tablets starting on Friday, March 18th. Flash Player 10.2 will also ultimately be available for smartphones and tablets running Android 2.2 and 2.3, but the Motorola XOOM with Android 3.0.1 Honeycomb will be the first officially supported device.

For devices running Google Android 3.0.1 and up, Flash Player 10.2 will support hardware acceleration for H.264 video playback. That will allow tablets with the appropriate hardware to stream 1080p HD video content from the web nearly as well as they can already play HD video files stored on the device.

Flash Player 10.2 will alos feature better integration with the Android 3.0 web browser.

If you’re using a device with Android 2.2 Froyo or Android 2.3 Gingerbread, you won’t get the web browser enhancements or hardware acceleration. But you will soon be able to download the latest Flash softwere soon, with improvements to the interaction between Flash content and your phone’s on-screen keyboard. Flash Player 10.2 will also be able to take advantage of dual core processors on newer phones such as the Motorola Atrix 4G and LG Optimus 2X.

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