Feb 22 AT 5:44 PM Taylor Wimberly 34 Comments

Why do we need Flash on Android? FarmVille.

Adobe Flash 10.1 is coming to Android in the first half of 2010, but several users are enjoying an early version that was included in a leaked HTC Desire ROM. One of the biggest uses of Flash is games and the most popular game right now is Farmville (75 million active users). I’ve never actually played the game, but I’m familiar with it from all the spam in my Facebook news feed.

Some guys from Redmond Pie loaded up FarmVille to see how it performed on a Nexus One and they captured it on video. Note this is leaked software and no where near final, but it gives an early preview of what we could expect. Hopefully, developers will take advantage of the Adobe Air platform to port these games down to the smaller displays.

Which Flash games do you want to play on Android?

Source: Redmond Pie

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  • http://Website kris

    any word on if were getting flash on the MT3G?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Whenever T-Mobile rolls out Android 2.1 it should be compatible.

  • http://Website joop

    canabalt is a pretty cool game. hope a update will follow soon for htc magic and over devices.

  • http://Website vzsg

    This video is a perfect example why we DON’T need Flash on mobile devices. This stuff is hard (impossible?) to control, painfully slow, and I guess what it does for battery life.

    Native (okay, Java on Android) apps all the way!

    • http://Website Android-Rules

      Did you even read the article? He said that it wasn’t even in its final stage yet. The Desire ROM he used to play FarmVille on was in Alpha and the Flash Player on that ROM wasn’t complete either.

      • http://Website vzsg

        That’s not much of an excuse. The current Flash applications won’t be magically small screen + finger touch compatible with the final software.

    • http://Website wrong

      I read the article and this video still isn’t very convincing.

      And oh how hip…see how he worked 420 into the video. He’s SO COOL.

    • http://plankhead.com Zacqary Adam Green

      Actually, no. It’s a perfect example of why why don’t need Flash on mobile devices because now we have Farmville.

  • http://Website andye

    And more importantly….SCRABBLE!!!!!

    • http://Website kim

      We definitely need scrabble…I want one like the iphone. Its depressing I can’t play on facebook and they can. Droid Eris.

  • http://blog.gynecologistcobra.net Demi Adejuyigbe

    One word: Canabalt.

  • http://Website Dave P

    One reason I need flash player…sling.com

  • http://haydentheandroid.blogspot.com haydenTheAndroid

    If there was a Hulu app, I could probably care less about getting flash

  • DistortedLoop

    Ugh…despite how far off the deep-end of control-freakdom Apple’s gone with the iPhone and the App Store, this is still one issue I happen to agree, strongly, with them on. FLASH NEEDS TO DIE. The sooner the better. Buggy, insecure, resource hogging crapware.

    More power to those who like games like Farmville, but I don’t get the appeal, not at all. I’m not missing Flash at all, and in fact have flash killer software on my computer’s browser, why would I want to add it to my phone?

    • Weeds

      I totally agree with you.
      And to those who think this isn’t a final build:
      Just take a look at the Linux flash plugin on a not so decent PC – I wonder how this should now magically work on mobile devices with even less performance.

      Indeed flash needs to die. Go for HTML5 guys.

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  • http://Website t swagz

    Omg it would be AMAZING if I could play crush the castle players pack on droid! Expecially with the create a castle and post it online thing! That would be perfect on the droid! Maybe even sonny and sonny 2. That would be nice on droid 2…

  • http://www.brainhandles.com Greg Bulmash

    Flash Pro 5 will compile Air aps done in pure Actionscript to native iPhone apps. Android support isn’t due for another 5 or 6 months. I wonder if it will do a similar translation or do like Titanium and Phonegap do. Box up a webkit engine with an API that let’s you have some better hooks into the phone OS. And make you do the whole thing in Javascript.

  • http://Website Bluga

    Doesnt look very good. He has to click on something 100 times for the phone to actually do what he wants (if he is lucky).

    And this is on a 1GHz phone!

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  • http://Website fairuse

    Disclaimer: I despise flash because of the security model that bogs down a browser. Now on a mobile phone that has a desktop/laptop style browser such as the one on my G1 and on the other mobile (safari’ish) web site that are flash based is the only reason to have flash. The transition to a better way than flash will take years. Don’t need to watch crappy flash transcoded video since mp4 is good to go.

  • http://Website Z-Liberator

    Word from adobe is that this is flash light the same one found on HTC HERO. Hero owners begin farming!

  • http://Website MauiMama

    I am sick of people calling this Facebook, Farmville, SL, Fishville, what-be-it SPAM. It is not SPAM, and it is very SIMPLE to hid off of your news feed. It is as simple as right clicking on the listing on your news feed where the words HIDE are, then select whether or not to hide ALL of that friends postings, or just that game they are playing ie FarmVille.

    And I for one am waiting for HTC Incredible to have Flash before I get that Droid….so THANK YOU!!!

  • http://Website sgb

    i have the HTC desire and just tried Farm Ville out on it.

    rubbish is the word (and im not on about FV itself lol) , took 3 attemps to load and when it loaded was so slow it wasnt usable.

    the only (non) benifite is of flashlight is that banners in websits are now flashing along. i use fifefox and adblock to stop this on my pc argghhhh! now its on my friggin phone.

  • http://Website FC360

    Is anyone else getting a message saying Farmville is currently not available for this device when going to farmville application?

    • http://Website Beth

      Yes, I’m getting the same message. It sucks because I only bought the HTC Desire HD because I thought it would play Farmville :(

  • http://bank1.pl Pan Bankowy

    iPhone killer! yes! yes! yes!

  • http://Website Priscilla

    I think its a load of bull..l pay so damn much for a phone, just for no farmville. Geez, I’m starting to feel like I should have went with the damn Iphone. Damn, Sprint doesn’t sell the Iphone. I think its time for me to switch carriers. This is not cool, only Apple, screw us android users huh. Why should have to go through all this BS (excuse my french) in order to play farmville. Forget it, think this is were I leave my farm behind, cost to much to change carriers, so too bad for me I guess.

    (sad)

    Priscilla Aguirre – California

  • http://Website joseandroidfeen

    Can get why complains about flash, the web experience with flash is much more richer less lags on browser it is simply excellent, got tmobile G2 and has built in froyo which = flash and loving it super smooth no trouble at all

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    I HAVE flash 10.1 on my tmobile g2 (htc desire z). STILL no farmville.

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