Jun 22 AT 2:03 PM Taylor Wimberly 40 Comments

Will your Android phone support Adobe Flash 10.1?

Adobe just announced the release of Flash Player 10.1 to their mobile platform partners, but which Android phones will be able to run it? In order to install Flash 10.1 from the Android Market your phone must be running Android 2.2 and have at least an ARM Cortex-A8 processor (sorry first-gen phones).

According to Adobe, devices supporting Android 2.2 “Froyo” and Flash Player 10.1 are expected to include the Motorla Droid, Motorola Milestone, Dell Streak, Google Nexus One, HTC EVO, HTC Incredible, HTC Desire, Samsung Galaxy S and others. Adobe did not include them in their list (because they have not been announced), but the Droid X and Droid 2 will also be able to support Flash 10.1.

I’ve been playing around with Flash 10.1 for almost a month and while I don’t use it that much, it is nice to have when you need it. Performance has increased with the latest Beta 3 and Android 2.2 firmware and we should see that continue to improve as hardware partners utilize GPU acceleration.

If you are one of the lucky few with a Nexus One, you can check out Flash Player 10.1 Beta 3 right now. All you need to do is install Android 2.2 then head to the Android Market and download Flash 10.1.

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Adobe Announces Availability of Flash Player 10.1 for Mobile

SAN JOSE, Calif., – June 22, 2010 –Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the release of Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 to mobile platform partners. Redesigned from the ground up with new performance and mobile specific features, Flash Player 10.1 is the first release that brings the full Web across desktops and devices. Mobile users will now be able to experience millions of sites with rich applications and content inside the browser including games, animations, rich Internet applications (RIAs), data presentations and visualizations, ecommerce, music, video, audio and more.

Already one of the top free apps on Androidâ„¢ Market today, Flash Player 10.1 will be available as a final production release for smart phones and tablets once users are able to upgrade to Android 2.2 “Froyo.” Devices supporting “Froyo” and Flash Player 10.1 are expected to include the Dell Streak, Google Nexus One, HTC Evo, HTC Desire, HTC Incredible, DROID by Motorola, Motorola Milestone, Samsung Galaxy S and others. Flash Player 10.1 was also released to mobile platform partners to be supported on devices based on Android, BlackBerry, webOS, future versions of Windows Phone, LiMo, MeeGo and Symbian OS, and is expected to be made available via over-the-air downloads and to be pre-installed on smart phones, tablets and other devices in the coming months.

“We are thrilled that more than three million Flash designers and developers are now able to unleash their creativity on the world of smart phones, tablets, netbooks, televisions and other consumer electronics,” said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Platform Business at Adobe. “The combined power of the leading rich media technology platform with millions of passionate creatives is sure to impact the world in ways we haven’t even imagined yet.”

Broad Partner Support
Device and technology partners including ARM, Brightcove, Dell, Google, HTC, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, RIM, Samsung, Texas Instruments and others announced more specifics around their support for Flash Player 10.1 today.

Content publishers including AgencyNet, AKQA, Armor Games, Blitz, CNET.com, HBO, JustinTV, Kongregate, Mochi Media, Msnbc Digital Network, Turner, Nickelodeon, Odopod, Photobucket, RAIN, Roundarch, Sony Pictures, South Park Studios, USA Network, Viacom, Warner Brothers and many others have also started to optimize Flash content to deliver the best possible experience within the context of smaller screens, which includes larger buttons for interactions, layout adjustments for mobile screens and more.

For details visit www.adobe.com/go/flashquote_sheet_101 or m.flash.com, Adobe’s showcase site for optimized Flash content. For more information on how to optimize Flash content for mobile, visit www.adobe.com/go/fpmobile.

New High Performance Features
Completely redesigned and optimized for mobile, Flash Player 10.1 delivers new interaction methods with support for mobile-specific input models. Support for accelerometer allows users to view Flash content in landscape and portrait mode. With Smart Zooming, users can scale content to full screen mode delivering immersive application-like experiences from a Web page. Performance optimization work with virtually all major mobile silicon and platform vendors makes efficient use of CPU and battery performance.

The new Smart Rendering feature ensures that Flash content is running only when it becomes visible on the screen, further reducing CPU and battery consumption. With Sleep Mode, Flash Player automatically slows down when the device transitions into screen saver mode. Advanced Out-of-Memory Management allows the player to effectively handle non-optimized content that consumes excessive resources, while automatic memory reduction decreases content usage of RAM by up to 50 percent. Flash Player pauses automatically when events occur such as incoming phone calls or switching from the browser to other device functions. Once users switch back to the browser, Flash Player resumes where it paused.

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  • http://Website rj

    is flash coming to all 2.2 android devices.

    • http://Website john G


    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      No, Flash 10.1 will not run on mid-range devices with Android 2.2 like the myTouch 3G or Slide. It requires an ARM Cortex-A8 based processor like the Qualcomm Snapdragon or the Texas Instruments OMAP.

      • http://Website rj

        thanks for the answer. I have a mytouch 3G. so no real fancyness for me it looks like. has anybody heard on news of froyo going to any mytouch users?

        • http://Website David

          T-mobile will probably forget about the 1st gen mytouch becuase of the slide and g2 that is being released next month. But you can always root. Theres an app called universal root.apk on the internet, donwload that to your phone and install via file manager, open and root. then search for a 2.2 rom like cyanogen and use rom manager from the market to flash it to your phone, instant froyo, theres lots of roms out there to try and it almost impossible to brick your phone. and check out the rom bible over at xda developer for a complete list of rom for the mytouch 3g. Email me if you have a ?

      • dubya504

        Well that SUCKS!

    • http://Website george

      the slide will get flash players 100 percent capabilities

  • http://Website niematunikogo

    will the final flash player be included in final FroYo out of the box?

    I quess it’s not so important since you can always download it… I’m just looking for any new justification in FroYo “delay” that could lead me to idea that now it’s going to be out soon…

  • http://Website Austin

    What about the My Touch Slide?

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/anakin78z anakin78z

    I actually use Flash a lot on my phone. A lot more than I ever figured I would, anyhow. I have to say, web pages look so much better with it… even though a lot of it is ads, suddenly things are moving and alive on the page, and you realize how static and boring mobile pages really are.
    Also, I’ve gained a new appreciation for flash games. The games on Kongregate are solid, and I’ve found some real favorites on there.

    The one thing they need to do is figure out how to deal with the inability to hover over buttons. I’ve somehow turned the volume all the way down on the south park video player, and there’s no way for me to turn it back up. That’s been the most frustrating thing so far.

  • http://Website Chris

    I cannot wait for my Froyo with rainbow Flash sprinkles!

  • http://Website Tommy

    How do you download 10.1 from market? I haven’t been able to find it anywhere….

    • http://Website Koreandutch

      If you are using 2.2 already, go to Market and search Adobe Flash. You should be able to find it.

  • http://Website Tommy

    I am running 2.2 on my droid. But flash is nowhere to be found in market…any ideas?

  • http://Website Name (required)

    Yo I just have a quick question for Verizon customers. What phones better; the LG Ally or the Droid? Or I don’t know if I should wait for the
    Droid 2 but that chrome makes it ugly.

  • stalker

    I’ve already installed flash player 10.1 and froyo (FRF72) update on my N1. Working smooooth.

  • http://Website droider

    Id go Droid over ally. Droid is hands down the most versatile android phone for rooting and flashing new roms. If you don’t want to root, I’d wait for Droid x or 2.

  • http://www.example.com.ru/whois/ Whois

    If Adobe invested the same amount of money and time into actually advancing Flash that they put into criticizing Apple’s decisions maybe it would actually be a good platform. They are trying to get into onto other platforms when it doesn’t even support 64-bit yet. All major operating systems have 64-bit support and most web browsers have already and are already transitioned over. Flash is also well known for performing great on Windows and not Linux based distributions or Mac OS X. They really should invest in what they have instead of making a fret about what others are doing and trying to engage in new markets when their offerings are not too well off, but it will all come down to the consumer really. Most will not understand the bickering between the two. All they will understand is if their browser crashes or if it doesn’t as a result of Flash. How Flash plays out on the mobile phone will be an interesting sight once some benchmarks from respectable companies emerge.

  • http://justintipton.daportfolio.com Justin

    I guess they forgot about doing this two years ago.

  • http://Website Vijay Gupta

    Will the Droid Incredible be getting the Android OS 2.2 (FroYo). It meets the requirements but I have yet to see anybody say anything about it. Reply back thank you.

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    • http://Website DiverDon

      Adobe Flash Player 10.1 is supported on Galaxy S (Captivate for AT&T) if you have upgraded the Android OS to 2.2 Froyo first. Flash Player is not supported on Sony X10 because the X10 Android OS cannot be upgraded beyond 1.6.

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  • http://www.uwsp.edu/ATHLETICS/mbb/05-06/index.htm Pointer Men’s Basketball

    Maybe you should edit the webpage name title Will your Android phone support Adobe Flash 10.1? – Android and Me to more specific for your content you create. I enjoyed the blog post nevertheless.

  • http://lgally chelsea

    Why can’t the lg ally have 2.2 running systems so we can get flash player too??? Or get flash 10.1 to work with 2.1 systems also!

    • http://Website mandie

      I have the lg ally running 2.2 and still cannot find adobe flash player anywhere in my market yet. My best friend who has a droid can. Ive Searched and searched. :( i dont think its supported on the ally period because i have 2.2 and still nothing.

  • http://Website Ankit

    I am using Samsung galaxy gt i5510, based on android 2.2..
    Still I am unable to download flash player 10.1 on my phone..

  • http://Website jimmy

    i ve been using ideos but unable to get adobe or any other flash player why ? why i spend and cant enjoy the facilities of android?tell no flash player active for version 2.2 .certain sites are not accessible………wht to do ans me as soon as possible

  • http://androidandme.com Anirban

    I have android 2.2 but still not able to find abode flash 10.1in the market.please help !

  • Ilham Imaamuddin

    what about HTC Wildfire S?

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  • loca

    will it work o samsung i5700 galaxy spica and lg p350????

  • salil

    i dont really know about flash players in andrioid!
    though i know samsung galaxy fit , or galaxy pro are not having flash player!
    what difference does it actually makes?
    better run of webpages or videos even?
    whats benefit???

  • simo

    does it support galaxy mini ?

  • som

    I tried to transfer adore flash player at.HTC phone but I could not support the class.
    Thank you

  • norma

    Can anyone help me with a video problem? When I try to play a youtube video it will play for a few seconds then it freezes.I bought a new Samsung ZTE Warp and I like the phone. I downloaded Adobe Flash player and when I get to the setup page to choose Local or Network , I choose and the page just sits there, can anyone help?

  • shreedhar

    i am using galaxy ace with android 2.3 can i install adobe flash player does it work.

  • Kim Bathrick

    Can I get adobe flash on my samsung
    admire cellphone.

  • pauline geas

    I have the Samsung galaxy s3 & it doesn’t support Adobe flash player but I can play games such as candy crush saga pet rescue saga and jelly splash. But yet I can’t play sojo slots or we topia games from Facebook that I really want to play why doesn’t the Samsung galaxy s3 support Adobe flash player