Adobe releases Flash 10.1 to partners as content providers line up

Adobe today announced that it has released Flash 10.1 to its mobile platform partners. This includes Android, BlackBerry, webOS, future versions of Windows Phone, LiMo, MeeGo and Symbian OS.

Of course, we've been using Flash 10.1 in its beta form for a month now, on the early builds of Android 2.2. Flash 10.1 for Android will be made readily available as a free download once Froyo is released to the public. (Nope, still don't know when that will be. Sorry.) Adobe does mention a slew of devices that it expects to get Froyo, including the Dell Streak, Google Nexus One, HTC Evo, HTC Desire, HTC Incredible, DROID by Motorola, Motorola Milestone and Samsung Galaxy S. Hardly a surprising list, indeed.

What will you do once you have Flash? Check out the list of content providers Adobe already has lined up:

AgencyNet, AKQA, Armor Games, Blitz,, HBO, JustinTV, Kongregate, Mochi Media, Msnbc Digital Network, Turner, Nickelodeon, Odopod, Photobucket, RAIN, Roundarch, Sony Pictures, South Park Studios, USA Network, Viacom, Warner Brothers

That's plenty of gaming and video goodness to go around. But what's all this mean for you right now? It's another step -- and a big one -- toward getting Flash 10.1 on your Android phone. But first we've got to get Froyo finished and shipped. Full presser after the break. [Adobe (opens in new tab)]

HBO, Sony Pictures, Turner, USA Network, Viacom, Warner Brothers and Others Ready Flash Content for Mobile

SAN JOSE, Calif., — June 22, 2010 Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the release of Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 to mobile platform partners. Redesigned from the ground up with new performance and mobile specific features, Flash Player 10.1 is the first release that brings the full Web across desktops and devices. Mobile users will now be able to experience millions of sites with rich applications and content inside the browser including games, animations, rich Internet applications (RIAs), data presentations and visualizations, ecommerce, music, video, audio and more.

Already one of the top free apps on Android™ Market today, Flash Player 10.1 will be available as a final production release for smart phones and tablets once users are able to upgrade to Android 2.2 “Froyo.” Devices supporting “Froyo” and Flash Player 10.1 are expected to include the Dell Streak, Google Nexus One, HTC Evo, HTC Desire, HTC Incredible, DROID by Motorola, Motorola Milestone, Samsung Galaxy S and others. Flash Player 10.1 was also released to mobile platform partners to be supported on devices based on Android, BlackBerry, webOS, future versions of Windows® Phone, LiMo, MeeGo and Symbian OS, and is expected to be made available via over-the-air downloads and to be pre-installed on smart phones, tablets and other devices in the coming months.

“We are thrilled that more than three million Flash designers and developers are now able to unleash their creativity on the world of smart phones, tablets, netbooks, televisions and other consumer electronics,” said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Platform Business at Adobe. “The combined power of the leading rich media technology platform with millions of passionate creatives is sure to impact the world in ways we haven’t even imagined yet.”

Broad Partner Support

Device and technology partners including ARM, Brightcove, Dell, Google, HTC, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, RIM, Samsung, Texas Instruments and others announced more specifics around their support for Flash Player 10.1 today.

Content publishers including AgencyNet, AKQA, Armor Games, Blitz,, HBO, JustinTV, Kongregate, Mochi Media, Msnbc Digital Network, Turner, Nickelodeon, Odopod, Photobucket, RAIN, Roundarch, Sony Pictures, South Park Studios, USA Network, Viacom, Warner Brothers and many others have also started to optimize Flash content to deliver the best possible experience within the context of smaller screens, which includes larger buttons for interactions, layout adjustments for mobile screens and more.

For details visit or, Adobe’s showcase site for optimized Flash content. For more information on how to optimize Flash content for mobile, visit

New High Performance Features

Completely redesigned and optimized for mobile, Flash Player 10.1 delivers new interaction methods with support for mobile-specific input models. Support for accelerometer allows users to view Flash content in landscape and portrait mode. With Smart Zooming, users can scale content to full screen mode delivering immersive application-like experiences from a Web page. Performance optimization work with virtually all major mobile silicon and platform vendors makes efficient use of CPU and battery performance.

The new Smart Rendering feature ensures that Flash content is running only when it becomes visible on the screen, further reducing CPU and battery consumption. With Sleep Mode, Flash Player automatically slows down when the device transitions into screen saver mode. Advanced Out-of-Memory Management allows the player to effectively handle non-optimized content that consumes excessive resources, while automatic memory reduction decreases content usage of RAM by up to 50 percent. Flash Player pauses automatically when events occur such as incoming phone calls or switching from the browser to other device functions. Once users switch back to the browser, Flash Player resumes where it paused.

Phil Nickinson
  • Though I hate flash I look forward to being able to catch the latest news from CNN or various shows on the go. Now if we can get on to HTML 5 I'll REALLY be happy.
  • Aren't most Android browsers HTML 5-ready? I was under the impression that Webkit-based mobile browsers were ready to go, for the most part. And please, please please remember: HTML 5 is not some magic thing that will completely replace Flash overnight. The video tag may eventually replace a lot of Flash video, but it's simply not worth it to many content providers to go back and re-encode their videos (and in many cases, re-code their pages). Flash ads? Kind of annoying at times, yes... but remember: They are how most of your favorite websites stay in business (and how guys like Phil get paid). So either deal with them, or get ready to start paying subscription fees. This applies to those who use ad blockers as well. And don't get me started on the canvas tag... That's nowhere close to being able to run the kind of games and animations we're used to with Flash. Look... I'm as excited as the next guy by the new HTML standards. But I think certain companies (and bloggers) have completely oversold what they will do for the end user. /rant
  • Exactly, too many people don't understand that HTML 5 is nothing more than a spec (which isn't even close to being finalized I might add). It is not a programming language. Actionscript 3 in Flash is extremely powerful for building apps and working with bandwidth light vector graphics. It also has the benefit of having 10 years worth of developers and designers working with it. Steve Jobs can play alone in his corner and build devices that flat out reject the most common plugin out there all he wants while the rest of the world will continue to enjoy the entire web and all it has to offer. I have to laugh at the canvas tag you mention. I've seen so many HTML 5 demos and nearly every single one is using techniques or graphics done 8 years ago in Flash MX.
  • Hey all, I found a link last week to xda developers which had a download for Flash 10.1 for Android 2.1. I joined their forum to get to the download, installed it on my Incredible, and it is working great. Here is the info and link... Hope this helps.
  • Wow, so awesome, that list of content providers is looking hot!! I'm also glad the Dell Streak is one of those Android devices!! Can't wait to get that thing!!
  • TAKE THAT APPLE, pretty soon your gonna be eating your words as every single mobile platform has Flash and your still trying to ban it. THE DAY OF CLOSED SYSTEMS ARE ALMOST OVER!
  • Well flash is a pretty closed system... But still, you are right, and Apple will ultimately eat their words after trying to push HTML5 beyond its capabilities. Remember this is the same company that didn't need or want MMS on their device when every 2.5G Razr had it for 5 years. I wish Major League Baseball was one of the partners. Some parts of the game day work on Android and some bits need flash.
  • * You don't need to use a specific OS to develop and publish Flash content;
    * You don't need to use specific, or commercial tools to develop Flash content (the compiler is free, OSS, and available on all systems, and you can use anything to create the content - including notepad and Inkscape) - in fact, third-party tools are better than Adobe's tools in that regard Compared to Apple's walled garden of a platform, developing Flash content is extremely open.
  • Screw MLB, it's all about NBA, NFL, & NCAA Men's Football & Basketball. {{-_-}}
  • Flash is cool in all but I would rather have better battery technology to make smart phones go 24hrs with heavy use and that in turn would equal days of normal and light use.
  • Really? Better battery technology? Instead of Flash, I would rather have both Megan Fox and Scarlett Johansson waiting for me at home (preferably naked). /sarcasm Damn... I'm grumpy this morning. My apologies.
  • Same here, Flash would be nice and all, but I really want to be able to power on my Evo in the morning and easily go a full day with heavy usage (texting all day, 3 hours of talking, tons of web-surfing, Pandora radio, taking pictures and recording video, etc). I can deal with flash-lite on the Evo, but I really really want some more development and push towards creating good batteries
  • Oh goody more flash news for the pod cast yea.... jk..... I love flash and it will look good next Monday on my droid X....
  • Idk why its always like this for people to keep us waiting for new updateds that aren't available lol man bet you haven't heard this "icant [cause droid does? not right now but in the future we will bwahahaha] wait" haha.... I don't even get it?
  • I know what Apple is up to. In a year or two, maybe three, they will add flash. And they say: "Full flash. The right way. Without poor performance or battery killing. Enjoy the ENTIRE web. Right on your iPhone. Today, with iOS 7." And then all Android fanboys will be like: NOEZ we had flash since 2010! Go to hell Steve Jobs!!
  • And then all the iPhone 7GS-HD fanboys will say it's the best device out there when in reality Android will be light-years ahead of them lol
  • Anyone else thinking that it isn't just a coincidence that Adobe announces the release of flash 10.1 THE DAY BEFORE the expected Droid X announcement? {;-) Is it too soon to hope that Froyo ships on Droid X????
  • It's funny when people bitch about flash adds (including Steve Jobs)... When Flash is pushed out, there will be another form of adds, probably HTML5.
  • Doesn't he have something called iAds that no one likes?
  • I got everything, on, to work except for the Sony Previews.
    I'm using an EVO. The other stuff looked great, though.
  • MSNBC = EPIC WIN. {{^_^}}