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Public Flash preview on Android at Google IO; general release in June

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 (opens in new tab)] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

  • 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.
  • Should be ready for download. Phones will only start *shipping* with FP 10.1 in the second half of 2010.
  • Have hear of the Sprint HTC Evo 4G?! Drops June 13th. If you haven't heard, be the last one to familiarize yourself.
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • this increase the posibility that my beloved HTC evo will launch woth flash out of the box....
  • 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?
  • Evo+flash=:-)
  • And they showed flash running on the G1 over a year ago. I won't believe till it's actually available.
  • Do we really need another platform for Adobe to spread it's malware vector upon?