updated 09:30 pm EDT, Mon May 17, 2010
Android 2.2 upgraders greeted with Flash page
Google will heavily promote Flash when users upgrade to Android 2.2, some phone owners have discovered early. Adobe-made pages for both the Droid and Nexus One already exist that will load after the update and suggest a range of sites that will work using Flash 10.1 for Android. The samples on offer vary from video sites like the BBC and Sony Pictures to gaming like Kongregate and South Park Studios.
The intro pages hint strongly that Flash 10.1 will be preinstalled with Android 2.2 rather than simply an optional install and reflect Google's plans to Chrome browser but should extend to Chrome OS and now Android.
Posting the page is also a seemingly direct jab at Apple's list of HTML5-ready sites, which doesn't load on startup for any Apple device but was designed to prove that many important sites had moved some or all of their videos to the universal web standard. Google isn't thought to be involved in creating the Flash launch pages but, through its sponsorship, at least implicitly endorses Adobe's views. However, Google has also regularly promoted HTML5 and was not only one of the earliest to adopt it in a mobile browser but changed YouTube to let the iPad play video directly from Safari.
Android 2.2 should be made public during the opening keynote for the Google I/O conference on Wednesday and should include USB data tethering, a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot feature, much faster performance than Android 2.1 and a slew of minor improvements. [via TechCrunch]