Mar 01 AT 9:33 PM Taylor Wimberly 21 Comments

Adobe details Flash 10.1 installations

Let’s just start with the bad news. Adobe confirmed that Flash 10.1 will only be supported on Android phones with a Cortex A8 processors or greater (Droid and Nexus One). We reported this last week based on a forum posting and now it showed up on the official Flash Mobile Blog.

“To explain, smartphones have a typical lifespan that is less than half that of a desktop computer, and so hardware choices are made by planning for the future.  Over the past few years we have shipped over 1.5Billion devices with Flash Lite using this simple rule.

Therefore the choice to target the ARM Cortex-A8 chipsets will result in greater efficiency, and most importantly a wider range of consistent experiences as uptake grows.  To be clear, that uptake is already happening, and it will expand rapidly just like it does every other year.

It’s like a Moore’s Law of mobile phones :-)Flash Mobile Blog

So there you go early adopters. All those Flash demos on the G1 were just a tease. Adobe decided to skip all 1st generation Android phones to deliver a consistent experience. I guess they have every right to do that (and maybe it is a good thing in the long run), but the early indication from Adobe was that these devices would be supported with Flash 10.1.

Thankfully, it looks like most phones will have access to a version of Flash Lite. A new version of their optimized runtime (Flash Lite) will be used to fill the gap. Details are still limited so we do not know which features Flash Lite will be missing. The last version Flash Lite 3 was based on Flash 8.

Adobe also detailed the upcoming installation processes for Flash 10.1. Some new phones will come with Flash 10.1 preinstalled and older phones should be able to download it from the Android Market or via the browser.

Flash 10.1 will come in several ways.

Source: Flash Mobile Blog

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  • http://Website Hans

    So….no word on release date yet?

  • http://www.extensiatech.com chrisf

    As long as It streams Hulu I’ll be happy.

    • http://livinginagoogleworld.blogspot.com Jonathan Frederickson

      It likely won’t, given that Hulu has a tendency to block everything but plain ol’ computers from streaming their videos.

    • http://rongthach.com/ Ron

      I think hulu is probably working on an app for mobile, and who knows how long that would be…

    • robojerk

      @Ron

      From what I have heard the Hulu Mobile app so far has only been confirmed for the iPhone.

      Hopefully Hulu wont block mobile browsers and they’re making the iPhone app since Flash wont be available on that platform. Of course I’m just speculating.

  • StevenZoz

    yes.. a freaking solid release date would be great at this point. we were supposed to get flash last year (not that it matters to me– i had a g1, but now that i have a nexus one im dying for it, and not willing to root.)

  • http://Website Daniel

    I think we’re overlooking a few interesting details here. Look at Adobe’s workflow sketch for Android:
    http://www.flashmobileblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Screen-shot-2010-03-01-at-10.49.29-PM.png

    * A browser plug-in will be available through the Market. This is something completely new for Android, meaning a new version of the WebView renderer, and a new version of the browser to accompany the renderer. The renderer can’t be updated without a system upgrade, probably 2.1.1. The bit about a new system release is not surprising, but…
    * More interestingly, they have an “Auto update this in the future” checkbox. I’m guessing this system update will include a few new Market features too?

  • http://Website Michael

    Once again,, the first generation buyers are treated like crap.. Back to blackberry for me.. F**K you flash

    • http://Website Nick

      You are now leaving the world of early adoption, we hope you enjoyed your stay.

    • http://Website Jon

      Dude the G1 is ancient now. And other phones are just way to slow to run flash. And your answer is to go to Blackberry? The worst browser of all mobile phones???

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      • http://Website david

        Right! Not only that, who knows when he will see flash on a blackberry! Early adopters, you know what it feels to be the first to get it! It should be like a badge of honor that you are part of the reason Android is a popular. Thank you. Be proud that you went threw a full phone cycle (waiting 2 years for an upgrade) and didn’t have flash.

  • http://Website Henry

    Okay so the MT3G. Is not getting flash??? I’m a bit confused

  • http://Website gad

    Not that am eager for Flash,but God, Adobe is one of the most unreliable companies out there.
    They keep pushing the date for the release of Flash.
    Next they’ll tell you that the new phones (nexus1 etc) are already outdated.
    Bet you we are not gonna see flash-i mean real flash until late in the yeay,perhaps next year.
    Those guys are f…king Lazy

  • http://Website SelectiveApathy

    So really we need OMAP3 + or Snapdragon to get flash 10.1.
    The leaks I have seen so far – the HTC roadmap leak etc all show Qualcomm MSM7225 /MSM7227 with an odd Snapdragon.
    So really the majority of the 30+ Android phones for 2010 won’t get Flash 10.1??

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  • http://www.sohoprospecting.com Dale DeHart

    I am just looking at the cost web developers (and their clients) are incurring to accommodate the need to provided dual imaging support across thousands of websites.. I think the economic costs are lost in the geek-talk and gadget-envy.

  • http://Website Max

    As a Flex and Flash developer, I’d LOVE to test my programs on my Nexus 1.

    Any day now, boys. {::tap-tap-tap goes the fingers on the desktop::}

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