Jun 25 AT 11:33 AM Taylor Wimberly 23 Comments

Hands-on Flash Player 10.1 Beta 3 for Android 2.2

The wait took a little longer than expected, but Adobe finally made good on their promise to bring Flash Player 10.1 to the Android platform. The first beta was released during Google I/O and it was a little sluggish at first, but Google and Adobe have worked closely together to improve performance.

Now that it appears we have the final version of Android 2.2, I wanted to take another look at the latest Flash 10.1 Beta 3 and show how it works. Anyone with a Nexus One running Android 2.2 can easily download the plugin from the Android Market and begin using it.

Since Flash 10.1 is still in beta, this is by no means a final review. As you can see from my video below, the loading times of some videos is slow (even over WiFi), but it’s hard to complain when other mobile platforms don’t even have access to Flash. I ran into difficulty playing some Flash games that required a keyboard, but thankfully Adobe setup the Flash Mobile Showcase which has a list of sites that are optimized for the mobile platform.

Flash is not something most users will use everyday, but it’s always nice to have it when you need it. There have been countless times in the past when I could not load a website and now that barrier is gone. I look forward to the final release and I can’t wait to see what developers create using this exciting new platform.

Source: YouTube

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  • http://www.bossyman15.com Adam Clark

    wow flash does work very well on mobile.

    This would be like having tons of games free to play on our phone!

    can’t wait to get evo once i get upgrade discount.

  • http://Website Spencer

    I love flash!!!! TAKE THAT IOS!!!!!!

  • http://Website Pete

    Nice camera work. Nice lighting, good focus, and 1080p? Very nice :)

  • http://Website William Furr

    Does it default to load on demand, aka Flashblock style? That’s the only way I can imagine ever using Flash on my phone.

    • http://Website ronabong

      You can set it to load on demand by going to settings in your browser > Enable plug-ins > on-demand.

  • http://Website Zer0-9

    Not entirely accurate. Having 2.2 isn’t the only requirement. Having 2.2 and a Nexus One is the full req to get it from the market

  • http://Website Anthony

    Once again the N1 sits on top 6 month old phone and still looking good glad I have one. Other top phones choose straws.

  • http://Website russ

    glad the updates kept getting better. the best feature is the long press for instant full screen. takes the manual resizing out of the equation. now we need more accurate controls once flash videos are up. if i go to southparkstudios, once a video is playing, i have a bit of a hard time pausing or turning up volume using the player’s controls. small issue that i hope gets fixed in time, i’m just psyched to have the full internet browsing experience in my pocket, ready at a moment’s notice. so glad i bought the N1, you best believe i’ll be there on the first day of the N2 launch!

  • http://Website Robert

    I’ve started up the UFC site on my Desire running android 2.1 and it loads very quickly, with the videos working fine. Long pressing on the brings up a pop up asking to take it to full screen, and everything continues to work fine.

    The only thing that it didnt like is the (flash) menu down the right hand side, maybe due to it being written in flash 10.x….?

    anyway, even without Froyo android is the best! the best keeps getting better!

    • http://Website Corey

      Why waste time with ur lame lies flash doesn’t work on 2.1

      Be aloser sumwhere else

      • http://Website jay

        robert must be talking about flash lite!

        • http://Website Ragflan

          Corey, 2.1 has Flash Lite on HTC Desire. You can load all the games on Kongregate and stuff but it just doesn’t work that well as the flash on Froyo. I doubt it’s just because of Froyo’s performance bonus. I think Flash Lite was never meant to perform well. But he’s not lying. HTC Desire has Flash on 2.1. Relax man. Why so aggressive?

  • http://Website Robert

    Thanks Jay, I must be talking about Flash Lite…. not sure how to check what version im running.

    Corey, I was simply stating that the vast number of flash sites I’ve visited work just fine. I just wanted to show Android and the browser is perfectly capable at present and we should be lucky… compared to ‘other’ devices which dont even support flash.. cough cough

    • http://Website mikedminor

      Robert I for one appreciate the comment. Please keep um comin!

  • ayocuz

    Man I’m loving flash on my nexus one. I can even watch movies off the bootleg web site

  • RedwingsFan

    Hey does anyone know when the MILESTONE will be getting Froyo??

  • http://Website tony

    After updating my phone last week, the adobe flash player wont work on my nexus one. I have tried installing, unistalling, and restarting my phone…still doesn’t work. Can anyone help me?

    • http://Website nastybutler

      Same thing for me, got the update on July 3rd, every time I go to I site with flash content my browser crashes. I’ve tried reinstalling it and rebooting my phone but nothing works. Anybody have any ideas?

  • Doretha Thomas

    I been trying very hard to install a flash dive on my andriod for the last six month! I am crying hear it’s want work. So if you can help me to put the flash dive on my phone please ?

  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    It took awhile to load, but yes it is working. Nice photo!

  • ayocuz

    Yes it does work. Nice picture by the way

  • http://Website Phil

    Thanks for checking. I’ll need to optimize a version for faster mobile downloads now that I know it will work.