Apr 21 AT 3:03 PM Taylor Wimberly 19 Comments

5 reasons Flash 10.1 will debut at Google I/O

If you read our Android 2.2 preview yesterday, you might have noticed I speculated that the Flash 10.1 beta could make an appearance next month. Sometimes my predictions are way off, but Flash 10.1 is overdue and the evidence is beginning to mount that a release is near. The following is a quick list of reasons I think we will see Flash 10.1 on May 19th at Google I/O.

1. Adobe Flash 10.1 and Air 2 beta signups

I start with this point because it is the most obvious and it comes directly from Adobe. Early this week Adobe began taking applications for public betas of Flash 10.1 and Air 2 for Android. In a post on The Flash Blog it was revealed that private betas had already begun with developers.

2. Flash 10.1 coming in the first half of 2010

We originally thought Flash 10.1 had been delayed till the second half of 2010, but we were wrong. Flash evangelist Serge Jespers was quick to point out that Flash 10.1 was still on track for a 1H 2010 release. That leaves about two months before it should be available.

3. Andy Rubin blogs about Flash for Android on the Adobe blogs

Google’s VP of Engineering, Andy Rubin, just authored a guest post on the Adobe Featured Blogs. He specifically mentions Google I/O and says we will learn more at the event.

“We also look forward to all the innovative content and applications created for Android and Flash. Join us at Google I/O in May to learn more about our work together with Adobe to open up the world of Flash on mobile devices.”Andy Rubin>Google

4. New version of Android with embedded Flash support

I already authored an entire post on this, but I think Android 2.2 will also debut at Google I/O. There is evidence that 2.2 is already in testing and signs that new Android features will be revealed at Google I/O.

Android engineer Chris Nesladek and a few others will lead a session titled Android UI design patterns. Part of their discussion will focus on “new patterns which will get an I/O-only preview”. There is also the session A JIT Compiler for Android’s Dalvik VM which is another new Android feature.

5. Flash devs are already making Android apps

What good is the beta of Flash 10.1 without some apps to try it out? Adobe has already provided many devs with early access to Flash and Air, while Google has supplied them with free phones.

If you visit The Flash Blog, Adobe has already listed a dozen Android apps which use Flash and Air. Each app has a corresponding blog post and video, so it looks like the devs have had access for awhile. I expect most of these guys will be at I/O to show off their work.

Source: Adobe Featured Blogs

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  • http://Website thelazzyone

    I totally agree. The web is flooded with Flash devs that are working on porting over their apps.

  • Matt R

    Nexus One Mini?!

  • http://Website rockstar323

    #6 They are super pissed at apple.

  • http://Website jokercpp

    so let me get this right iphone already has adobe? or are both android and iphone getting adobe at the same time?

    • http://Website Doug

      Neither, Android will get Adobe Flash. Iphone will get nothing.

  • http://Website jokercpp

    well when I went to the flash blog they were taking about adobe cs5 running on iphone and air running on android. lol I just want clarification on the subject :)

    • http://alostpacket.com/ alostpacket

      Adobe has a feature in it’s latest release of Flash CS5 that allows a Flash developer to compile down to native iphone apps Native apps are not the same as making a SWF file that would run in a Flash Player on an iphone. Apple had long stated it would never allow Flash on it’s platform. However, Apple has recently also banned these types of apps with a ridiculous arbitrary requirement that you must use only apple tools to make iphone apps.

      I’m over-generalizing here a bit, but that’s the jist of it.

      So while Adobe’s Flash CS5 software still has the ability to make a native iphone app, Apple will not allow those apps on the itunes app store.

      It’s absolutely petty and ridiculous anti-competitive behavior of Apple that shows real disrespect to developers. Honestly, it makes me ever more proud to own a Droid, despite all the delays in the Flash Player being released.

  • http://Website Daniel

    By “debut” you mean release the beta?

  • @darifresh

    i saw on gizmodo that adobe pulled the plug on iphone app work so…

  • stalker

    wow. nice.. waiting for flash beta.. already signed up for beta.

  • http://Website Mauricio

    Has yet to regret buying an N1.

    • http://Website DJ

      Amen! I love this phone!

  • http://Website Mike

    I hope Google gives us the ability to turn Flash off. That’s the ONE thing that crashes Safari on my MacBook. Go to a flash site, and the CPU pegs out, fans spin up to deal with the heat, and the Safari crashes.

    Flash = crap, and Apple’s right to ban it from their devices. This is a mistake that Google is making. Sure, it’ll pick up some developers, but it’s going to drag the performance of their platform down.

    • http://Website guardianali

      You do realize that its a well known fact that the reason Flash sucks on Safari on MACS is because apple refuses to give companies like Adobe the deeper level of access to the underlying OS and kernel that is needed to make things like Flash (and even java) work not only more efficiently (thus less CPU usage) but also properly (thus less crashes and freezes).

      The fact it doesnt work is cause of APPLE…not adobe. Which can easily also seen in proof that flash works juuuuuust fine on Safari for windows.
      Apple likes to pretty much keep mum on the subject and let people assume its the other guy.

  • http://Website GuardianAli

    I personally think this may be the tide Google is looking for.
    The apps on the android market are fairly decent now..more and more polished apps are getting released now. But the area that was lacking was polished professional games.
    That is what AIR will bring. Easy to make, pretty looking, polished games…the one area of the app store wars that Apple had a big advantage on. This will go along way to help Google bridge the gap.

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