Google to Add Support for Flash 10.1 in Android OS 2.2

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Android OSGoogle is adding support for Flash 10.1 in the next major update to Android OS, version 2.2. According to TechCrunch, Android devices that can update to Android OS 2.2 will be taken to a screen that invites them to install Flash on their device and given a list of sites that have Flash content that has been updated to Flash 10.1.

Adobe already has dedicated pages for the Nexus One and (a page set up for Droid redirects to the Nexus One page) that offer a list of 48 sites (as of this writing) that are “mobile optimized” with Flash content they can view on their devices.

Those sites include South Park Studios, Nickelodeon, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Spiegel, Google Finance, and more.

Google is expected to announce Android OS at its I/O event, which starts Wednesday, May 19th. Adding support for Flash further differentiates the company’s mobile platform, or at least some of that mobile platform, from Apple’s iPhone platform, as Apple has heretofore said Flash was not fit for mobile devices.

Comments

Tiger

Wait, you mean Flash isn’t supported on all mobile phones yet (other than iPhone)?

How the heck did that happen???

tongue laugh

CJ

I can’t help but notice the caveat about “Android devices that can update to Android OS 2.2”. What, all Android devices are not upgradable? Oh, the big bad carriers crippled them and Google in all their openness didn’t put their foot down. So what good is Android on your phone if it is a version that is outdated by the time you get the phone?

Think I’ll stick to my iPhone, which even though not the latest model, will still benefit from many improvements in iPhone OS 4.

Lee Dronick

I can?t help but notice the caveat about ?Android devices that can update to Android OS 2.2?. What, all Android devices are not upgradable?

I am assuming that there is some heftier hardware requirements.

Nookster

I am assuming that there is some heftier hardware requirements.

Or maybe just blocking to encourage upgrading, like with the iPhone 2G

Lee Dronick

Or maybe just blocking to encourage upgrading, like with the iPhone 2G

That certainly is possible and may indeed be the fact. They too are in it for the money.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Tomorrow may be a very busy day for Flash developers. They may need to spend 5 or 10 minutes adding mutli-touch support to their apps.

JulesLt

5-10 minutes, provided you don’t want to do any redesign (and you used AS3 in first place).

No criticism of the demo - because it’s demonstrating how easy it is to map touch events - but there is more to doing the job well than merely ‘supporting’ something.

See Neilsen’s criticism of iPad app design -  inconsistent use of gestures / low discoverability of how gestures map to actions.

The main problem we face is that our Flash app won’t even fit onto an Android size screen - and would be unreadable if it did.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Fair points JulesLT. There are tens of thousands of little Flash games and other apps that would fit on mobile size screens that would be straightforward to add multitouch support. Depending on the age of the code base, more work might have to be done.

Your Flash app probably would fit fine on an Android tablet. Or a unicorn. I expect we’ll be seeing some cool unicorns in the coming months.

Nookster

but there is more to doing the job well than merely ?supporting? something.

Like HTML5 I guess.

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