Previously we believed that Flash Player 10.1 would require a top of the line mobile processor, but new information suggest it could make an appearance on some mainstream devices.
Back in February we reported that Flash 10.1 would not work on first-generation Android phones because it needed at least an ARM Cortex-A8 CPU or greater. However, at Adobe’s Android summit the company revealed Flash 10.1 would have a greater reach as the minimum requirements included ARM11 processors.
As many of you know, ARM11 is the same architecture used in the G1 and other early Android phones, but those devices will most likely not support Flash 10.1. Instead we will see newer devices with higher-clocked ARM11 CPUs and more memory that will be able to run Flash.
So which phones exactly will work with Flash Player 10.1 and which ones will not? To help clear up the confusion, Adobe will create a web site that will list which devices are supported.
To date, the phones which have been confirmed to support Flash 10.1 include the Droid, Droid X, Droid 2, Galaxy S, Nexus One, HTC Desire, HTC EVO, and Droid Incredible. All of these phones include Cortex-A8-based CPUs, so the current crop of ARM11 phones might not be powerful enough.
If your current phone is not listed above, then I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting on Flash 10.1. It’s still possible some newer ARM11 phones like the myTouch Slide might eventually see it, but if you want to guarantee access to Flash 10.1 then look for a 1 Ghz phone running Android 2.2.