Flash on Android

Adobe responded to Apple CEO Steve Jobs' attack on Flash yesterday by dropping a fair big (and well-directed) bombshell of its own: A public preview will be given in a few weeks at Google IO (we'll be there for it), and Flash will see general release for Android in June. Said Adobe CTO Kevin Lunch in his "Moving Forward" post:

We look forward to delivering Flash Player 10.1 for Android smartphones as a public preview at Google I/O in May, and then a general release in June. From that point on, an ever increasing number and variety of powerful, Flash-enabled devices will be arriving which we hope will provide a great landscape of choice.

Now all Adobe has to do is deliver. And it damn well better work well out of the box, or the pitchforks are going to be raised pretty quick. [Adobe] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

There are 13 comments

teckels says:

Hey guys, do you think that means there will be a new phone in June with this built in or phones will be ready to be updated in June. My reason for concern, ready for upgrade June 10th, love Incredible, but will their be something newer by then? Related because I wouldn't want a phone for two years that isn't primed with 10.1 flash.

drafo says:

Should be ready for download. Phones will only start *shipping* with FP 10.1 in the second half of 2010.

Ecoteric says:

Have hear of the Sprint HTC Evo 4G?! Drops June 13th. If you haven't heard, be the last one to familiarize yourself. http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/23/htc-evo-4g-is-sprints-android-powered...

bkj216 says:

Given all the talk about how Flash will kill your battery and whatnot, it doesn't help that the battery in that famous pic is low

PortareAF says:

Unless they can figure a way to make sure the Flash doesn't eat the battery life, I am not sure this will be that great of a deal...

drafo says:

Agreed that it's funny, but that's from a video and the battery was low before the video started.

Here's some battery testing cases with Flash.


inuchan says:

Or just give the option on the phone to turn on or off Flash animations so you will be able to use it when you want and turn it off when you dont want it.

moosc says:

So let's see June release.. hmm what phone is released in June oh yea the EVO just hope the MOTO Droid can still use flash.

Darkseider says:

The battery life for Flash on Android is really a non issue and from what has been shown quite good. There is a YouTube video that shows actually how good it is. A dev plays an episode of CSI using Flash from a website and after 31 minutes (show without commercials) the Nexus went from 100% to 84%. That is really good considering the screen is one the whole time, it is streaming from the web AND hitting the CPU/GPU using Flash.

If you do some quick math that comes out to roughly 3 Hours of straight streaming using Flash. In all honesty that is pretty damned impressive.

yazman666 says:

this increase the posibility that my beloved HTC evo will launch woth flash out of the box....

John-Paul says:

Since flash is an addon for the PC, would it need to be installed as part of the RAM, or could it be pushed as an app that other apps would have access too?

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Jak Crow says:

And they showed flash running on the G1 over a year ago. I won't believe till it's actually available.