Adobe Flash 11.2 and Air 3.2 launched today, with gaming in mind

Both the new Adobe Flash Player 11.2 and AIR 3.2 have been launched. They represent an idea to enable “console quality” games like Shadowgun inside of your web browser. Flash version 11.2 includes support for mouse-lock, relative mouse coordinates, right/middle click events, multi-threaded video decoding, and the capability for hardware accelerated 2D and 3D graphics for gameplay at up to 60 frames per second (FPS). The new AIR 3.2 (Adobe’s platform for building cross-platform web apps, like Tweetdeck used to), comes with Stage3D for mobile, an Adobe tech released back in October for desktops used in graphically intensive titles. Also, Flash will auto-update itself on Windows.

Now for the funny part: Adobe is incentivizing Flash 11.2’s premium features (for the first time, it seems) by promising not to charge devs until their app reaches $50,000 in revenue. Sounds a little sketchy at first, but reasonable. Apps built using AIR don’t get charged. The new policy is effect August 1st, 2012.

In the meantime, it’s time to update both Flash and AIR on your computer.

Via: Adobe

Samsung: 5 million Galaxy Notes have been shipped, launches in Japan on the 6th with LTE

This may just be a quick news bite, but it’s interesting to make note of the Galaxy Note, which Samsung has stated shipped 5 million units, and is launching in Japan, this April 6th, with LTE carrier NTT Docomo, under the very long name “Docomo Next Series Galaxy Note SC-05D“. No pricing details yet for the Japanese, but Samsung seems serious about the S Pen technology due to all of the constant work that has gone into the device.

ViaSamsung Tomorrow, Engadget

Nokia Lumia 900 available on AT&T for $99.99 on April 8th

Oh, ’tis wonderful. Nokia and AT&T have finally come out with a solid release date for the Nokia Lumia 900 with 4G LTE. It will retail for $99.99, which is extremely aggressive considering it is a flagship phone (with the specs to back it) and launches this coming April 8th. Both the black and cyan versions launch the 8th, whilst the white version launches on April 22nd. Pre-orders start online and in stores this Friday, March 30th.

With all of that comes the dawn of a (possible) reign from Microsoft and its Windows Phone software backed by Nokia, since the Lumia 900 is such a formidable smartphone. Video after the break. Via: AT&T

Microsoft Acts Cowardly: Android 4.0 Beats A Windows Phone In Challenge At Santa Clara (update!)

In a rather interesting report by Sahas Katta from SkatterTech, he heads to a Santa Clara Microsoft Store to participate in the “Smoked By Windows Phone Challenge” created by Microsoft. It is simple: perform a task faster than a Windows Phone device, and you get the bragging rights. Keep in mind that all the tests are in Microsoft’s favor, but when the brave Sahas stepped in and beat a Windows Phone device by fetching weather from two different cities faster on his Android 4.0-powered Galaxy Nexus (by turning the lock screen off), it infuriated the staff members, and they denied his victory. Personally, I find this rather distasteful, as they had Sahas pose in a photo stating “My Android was smoked by a Windows Phone”, before he left the store.

Really, Microsoft? Are you so desperate for one victory that you need to do this? Tell you what, release the Lumia 900 and then you can go around bullying society into thinking your mobile OS is superior. Via: SkatterTech

Update: Now they’ve offered the true victor a free laptop and phone. Classic PR move.