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Adobe shows off Android tablets running Flash and Air

updated 10:25 pm EDT, Tue May 4, 2010

Multitude of Android tablets expected this year

While Adobe does not have any Apple products on the show floor at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, the company is showing off prototypes of upcoming Android-based tablets. The Google Android Tablet, even in a pre-release form, is capable of running applications and features based on Adobe's Flash and Air codes.

Several videos from the expo, posted on Zedomax, show the Android multi-touch tablet running a beta version of a Wired app and Flash on YouTube. The tablet is said to run Flash and Air "flawlessly," without any apparent performance issues.

An Adobe representative suggests there will be a multitude of Android-based tablets arriving on the market by the end of the year, with most slated for the holidays. The company also expects Flash to be supported on certain Android smartphones sometime this summer.

by MacNN Staff



  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Certain Android smartphones I'm sure...

    Very damn few of them. I have no doubt that Flash will run fairly well on some 1 GHz processor smartphone that has hardware acceleration. I just don't think Flash will run on most of the older less than 800 MHz Android smartphones that make up most of the Android platform, especially the one's that aren't upgradeable to the latest Android OS.

    Yup, well-spec'ed tablets should handle Flash, too. I do wonder what the impact on battery life will be. I'd need to see what hardware these tablets have in them.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They'll figure it out

    adobe will be late to ship and initially be a bit buggy...but they'll get it working eventually... Bound to be a competitive advantage...but not overwhelmingly so.

    Still I'm glad for the competition

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  1. ilovestevejobs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The good thing is...

    If I visit a website that has flash then I will definately experience the full web on a tablet factor without getting a blue brick and wondering what the content could have been. The option is there if we CHOOSE it.

    People tout the iPad has 10hrs battery life and having flash will cut it down by 4-5hrs. Seriously who surfs the web 10hrs straight let alone even 2 on a CASUAL bases?

  1. dfcster

    Joined: Dec 1969



    No mention of 10+ hours of battery life...
    YouTube runs on even an old iPhone2G with the flawlessly and I am sure the for Apple devices also runs flawlessly..
    What is the point of this article except to pat Adobe on the back for gaining control of Android slates, and try to knock Apples sales down for Android. Why would anybody want Adobe Air and Flash to hog their web experience, I run ClickToFlash and that blocks flash on my desktop computer, the web has never been faster and more pleasant!!!

  1. dfcster

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Edit: Wow Adobe are finally producing a beta that seems to be a working version of mobile flash that they have been promising for two + years now!! Well be lucky if we see it within 3 months!

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    to iloveblowjobs

    my sister for one. well, and a group of her friends who do a lot of ebay stuff. that's pretty much what they do all day. she loves her ipad.

    hey! did you notice what i did with your name? pretty clever isn't it! like you did with steve blowjobs. you're such an inspiration to us all.

    actually, you're just lame, much like my messing with your name is lame. you see that right? how lame it is? you can see that? tell me that you see it.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Flash on tablet

    Yeah, agree. Flash needs at least 1GHz CPU on mobile device to run and even 1GHz is not enough for desktop level. Just go to and which are heavily constructed with Flash. These sites you need at least 2GHz CPU to run reasonably. I would like to see how the tablet handle that!

  1. facebook_Rob

    Via Facebook

    Joined: May 2010


    History will repeat it self

    Back in the late 80's early 90's Apple was the leading PC maker in the US. They were a closed system that was soon over taken by Microsoft. Here we are 30 years later and Apple is leading mobile device maker, they are more closed than ever and Google is the one stepping up to the plate. How long befor Google takes over Microsoft?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Flash on Tablet

    If those sites need at least a 2GHz processor to run flash, how will they do when they convert themselves completely with HTML 5? Or can they even convert themselves using HTML5, being that they do way more than just show a movie or do a roll-over pop-up or something.

    But I know, you can show them how to rewrite their Flash apps and site to work under HTML 5, right?

  1. darktanone

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Well at least I have the choice to surf for 10 hrs on my iPad. Right back at ya!

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