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Adobe shows Flash running on Android 2.2

updated 07:50 am EDT, Tue May 11, 2010

Adobe teases Froyo and smooth Flash playback

Adobe in a new video demo (see below) has shown not only Flash 10.1 for mobile but a teaser of the next version of Android. The plugin now appears to run smoothly on a Nexus One and can handle most common use cases for Flash, including 3D, gaming, video and simply dynamic web content. Adobe's Ryan Stewart also explained some of how certain elements work: users tap-and-hold on an interactive Flash component to switch away from manipulating the browser.

The demo isn't flawless as it reveals that Flash may have some trouble with large videos; although it plays videos properly, some sites will quickly warn that their clips are "not optimized for mobile." The Nexus One phone is also plugged in and masks any battery life. Adobe has claimed Flash doesn't drain energy quickly, but Apple CEO Steve Jobs and others have asserted that the greater dependence on software decoding in Flash over hardware hurts battery life when playing video. Flash 10.1 should use some level of hardware acceleration but still needs extra processing to handle the plugin layer.

Android 2.2, better known to many as Froyo, only gets a brief teaser at the end of the clip but appears to have a somewhat redesigned home screen that puts the dialer and web browser (and possibly other favorites) near the app launcher on a permanent basis. Also new are a search bar that allows choosing the search type and a tutorial for newcomers to Android.

Most expect Android 2.2 to get a formal unveiling on May 19th, at the start of the Google I/O conference. It may similarly serve as an opportunity to show Flash 10.1 in greater detail. Adobe's plugin may be ready before the end of June, but devices shipping with Flash aren't due until the second half of the year and will center on Android and webOS at first.

by MacNN Staff



  1. kerryb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    dull content

    One thing that has always bothered me about flash heavy websites is the tedious wait dot the animation to do it's thing before you can get any real information. Flash sites were more about the designer showing off than making a user friendly experience. The example they demoed proves my point who but a child would find that site interesting?

  1. Durandalus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Power Cable

    Please plug in your device before activating "Flash mode" to switch to "Banana breads".
    Perfect example of what's wrong with Flash.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Key Sentence

    "The Nexus One phone is also plugged in and masks any battery life."

    That says it all.

    Let's see the thing unplugged, using wi-fi or 3G to access video sites, with the battery status icon visible. Let people draw their own conclusions.

  1. Marook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Agree on Dull!

    And the games people screem for, is SOOOooooo much better when it's native!
    Looks like c***, and a bad user experience!

  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Please, just please

    So on the second or third attempt, they got Flash 10.1 to work on a Nexus. sort of.

    So now when you go to a web site with older flash items, you will not be able to see them since they are not set up to use the new flash 10.1..

    Er, so what did they gain by this new mobile software??? Just wondering.

    Just a thought,

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Flash still needs to be marginalized to the few tasks that it can actually do better, like handle webcams and mics. I'm glad *someone* is taking a stand against it, at least until Adobe open-sources the runtime.

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