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Google to push Adobe Flash with Android 2.2 update

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]


By Electronista Staff


  1. chas_m



    Cue the complaints!

    This is great news ... for Apple!

    You can start the countdown to posts on tech forums everywhere that have titles like "ANDROID CRASHES!!!!!" and "WTF battery life SUX!!!!1!!" ...

  1. tfmeehan

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    Can't blame them...

    Google would have been foolish not to take advantage of this situation even though they have been just as vocal about the shortcomings of Flash and were early and enthusiastic supporters of HTML5.

    I don't think they give a damn about Flash one way or the other but business is business and this is a good PR move. Whether it's a good marketing move will depend on the performance of Flash 10.1. But one thing they can count on is the Flash fanboys will gush about it whether it's any good or not because they've committed so much forum time to the issue they will need to save face.

  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: Nov 2008


    I think that Flash lovers will be happy to

    get anything close to a decently working copy of Flash on their smartphones. Meaning, as long as it doesn't crash too much and battery life isn't terribly degraded they'll be more than satisfied. The Flash fanboys will certainly have bragging rights to prove that Steve Jobs is a evil tyrant and iPhone users are Mactards that believe anything that Steve Jobs tells them. The fAndroids will insist that Android is the premier mobile OS and the iPhone is doomed. I hardly think that Adobe is going to release some real Flash player clunker. I believe it may suck up some battery life, but that's about it. It will likely make a lot of consumers buying Android smartphones very happy.

    I saw the Nexus One Flash demos and they were decent. How it will perform on all other Android smartphones is questionable. To me, it still doesn't change the fact that HTML5 should be the direction the web is headed to and it certainly wouldn't make me jump to another mobile platform just to get Flash on a mobile device. It's just a matter of what's mainly important to me.

  1. Durandalus

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    Funny how Google only is "open" and "not evil" when it helps their business case.

  1. JeffHarris

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    Mobile Flash still crashes

    If it doesn't work, who are they fooling?
    MoFlash still crashes, if we can believe the videos online.

    Call me when it actually works.

  1. c4rlob

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    Pretty short list!

    This puts us back 3 years to what was revolutionary about the iPhone in the first place - being able to access a REAL website - not some mobile "optimized/fake" version of it.
    And it speaks volumes that Flash has been around for years and yet their list of approved Flash sites is shorter than Apple's list of HTML-5 websites.

    Anyway, most of these sites will have both a Flash and HTML-5 render option - the real question is what will be the preferred platform a year or two from now?

  1. Mr. Strat

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    Joined: Jan 2002


    Screwed again

    And once again, G1 owners will get screwed.

  1. ggirton

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    i have an ipod touch

    and there are lots of sites i can't look at in it. It's kind of a pain, you know? When I get a smartphone, it will have Flash. Sorry guys, you just go ahead and keep your blinders on.

    You act like iPhone owners never have to recharge their batteries, and like it's the most important thing in the world.

  1. Eldernorm

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    So another BS title

    Since Flash 10.1 is still in Beta and still crashing....... Then its still not available. Will it come out? I am sure it will. Will it act like Flash on the Mac and suck up all cpu cycles? I am sure it will.

    One last thought...... since it will need heavy cpu power,,, you will not be able to run it on anything except the latest cpu units. Do not expect to download it to earlier machines.

    More dreams.... er nightmares for non-iPhone users.

    Just a thought,

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