Google confirms Flash support for Android 2.2

In a blog post on The New York Times, Brad Stone says that VP of engineering at Google, Andy Rubin, has confirmed that the next versions of Android will support Adobe's Flash 10.1 platform. It has been thought that Android 2.2 (Froyo), which is suspected to be released at Google I/O in a few weeks, would bring Flash with it. However, until now, it has yet to be confirmed by a reliable source.

"He also promised that full support for Adobe’s Flash standard was coming in the next version of Android, code-named Froyo"

When asked when he thinks Android devices would outsell BlackBerrys and iPhones, Rubin said that he's not sure when, but is sure that they will. He's a firm believer that "open usually wins." Being that the Android OS will be on nearly ever carrier and phone manufacturer, Rubin is probably right. Assuming Google I/O does become the stage for Flash's full force foray into mobile world, Android users can soon expect their browsers to emulate what their desktop counterparts have been doing for years.

Thanks to AndroidCental for the link.

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I highly doubt it. Microsoft never said bye-bye to Flash like Apple did. They are really listening to feedback. The Office suite looks incredible and the Xbox integration is just high-quality. The entire operating system is great including the developer tools. It feels very polished already and is ready for a sick launch.


Windows Live Wave 4 is coming this June and I'm sure Bing's next revision, MyPhone 2.0, and Zune 5.0 will really polish the release.


You have to understand SkyDrive merging with Live Mesh will offer 25GBs and MyPhone 2.0 may definitely be part of that merge as in leaked screenshots from a long time ago showed Devices and it could definitely support Windows Phone 7 devices, Windows PCs, and Macs, altogether syncing 25GBs.


Zune 5.0 would definitely continue the Metro UI design with a QuickPlay look. We have QuickPlay looking very similar to Windows Phone 7's start screen, and it could very well one day help organize your hubs and apps.


Windows Live Wave 4 not only would sync what MyPhone does now but would sync Facebook, Twitter, etc, your entire social life from your phone on Windows Live Messenger.


Bing's next revision would also help with places around you, improving the feedback and conversation about those places helping you decide where to go and handling the load much more efficently than it did then at the demos they did with it.


I still think Flash is coming for Windows Phone 7 but I highly doubt anything but Silverlight and XNA is allowed for apps.


Android is a good OS and all... But it has no polish whatsoever and I have used it several times. It is a complicated OS for the end-user, you can definitely get used to it but it just isn't easy at it's first use. I have hope for Android 3.0 though.

Edited by Electric Jolt, Apr 27 2010, 11:30pm :

Electric Jolt said,
I highly doubt it. Microsoft never said bye-bye to Flash like Apple did. They are really listening to feedback. The Office suite looks incredible and the Xbox integration is just high-quality. The entire operating system is great including the developer tools. It feels very polished already and is ready for a sick launch.


Windows Live Wave 4 is coming this June and I'm sure Bing's next revision, MyPhone 2.0, and Zune 5.0 will really polish the release.


You have to understand SkyDrive merging with Live Mesh will offer 25GBs and MyPhone 2.0 may definitely be part of that merge as in leaked screenshots from a long time ago showed Devices and it could definitely support Windows Phone 7 devices, Windows PCs, and Macs, altogether syncing 25GBs.


Zune 5.0 would definitely continue the Metro UI design with a QuickPlay look. We have QuickPlay looking very similar to Windows Phone 7's start screen, and it could very well one day help organize your hubs and apps.


Windows Live Wave 4 not only would sync what MyPhone does now but would sync Facebook, Twitter, etc, your entire social life from your phone on Windows Live Messenger.


Bing's next revision would also help with places around you, improving the feedback and conversation about those places helping you decide where to go and handling the load much more efficently than it did then at the demos they did with it.


I still think Flash is coming for Windows Phone 7 but I highly doubt anything but Silverlight and XNA is allowed for apps.


Android is a good OS and all... But it has no polish whatsoever and I have used it several times. It is a complicated OS for the end-user, you can definitely get used to it but it just isn't easy at it's first use. I have hope for Android 3.0 though.

Very good break down, I'm a pretty advanced computer user and getting my hands on the android at first was pretty confusing, but so is most of the mobile OS's that are released these days.

Interested to hear what the Android users at work think of it. Google's push to fill in the gaps that the iPhone are leaving will likely result in them pulling out ahead. We will have to wait and see what happens.

jbarcus81 said,
That's nice to know.. so what, another year for it to hit my Eris? I don't even have Droid 2.1 .. Come on HTC!!

I just have the myTouch and its only on 1.6 so far. Its ok tho, I normally upgrade my phone once a year so I have about 5-6 months to go and then I will have it. Gives Adobe time to work out the kinks.

techbeck said,

I just have the myTouch and its only on 1.6 so far. Its ok tho, I normally upgrade my phone once a year so I have about 5-6 months to go and then I will have it. Gives Adobe time to work out the kinks.

1.5 here on my Cliq. Moto keeps saying it will be updated to 2.1, but I'm not holding my breath.

Nice.. I sold my iPhone last weekend and ordered a Google Nexus One today. Now I'll be looking forward to Android 2.2 I guess.

Turge said,
Nice.. I sold my iPhone last weekend and ordered a Google Nexus One today. Now I'll be looking forward to Android 2.2 I guess.

Welcome to the Android world!

Good for Adobe. HTML5 is not going to be come mainstream for a while...if at all. And from what I have been seeing/reading...HTML isnt even fully completed. Apple is putting a lot of faith in something that hasnt even proven itself.

techbeck said,
Good for Adobe. HTML5 is not going to be come mainstream for a while...if at all. And from what I have been seeing/reading...HTML isnt even fully completed. Apple is putting a lot of faith in something that hasnt even proven itself.

Everyone uses the same old excuse, it's not even finished yet. Who cares? The HTML5 features meant to replace the bulk of Flash are already supported in browsers. Even IE9 will be adding support. Sure Firefox is holding out on H264, but they'll cave sooner or later. In the words of Kenny Powers, HTML5 is ****ing in, Flash is ****ing out Both will co-exist but Flash will decline over the next few years. The evidence is pretty clear already. Many sites are switching off Flash completely, or at the very least, offering non-flash counterparts. Now I'm not bashing Flash completely. I think its great for games. HTML5 has a long way to go to settle on a standard for developing native games. However I think its stupid for videos.


Like Jobs, I still think its useless on all mobile devices. Who wants to play Flash web games when they can run fullscreen, native games? The only logical reason I see is supporting sites that haven't switched yet. If most videos used HTML5 I'm sure 3/4 of those bitching about Flash support wouldn't have anything to say.

Edited by Xero, Apr 28 2010, 1:49am :

Well I'm hoping since the Motorola Milestone advertised that it can support flash that they will update to 2.2 from 2.1. If they don't I will be angry.

I don't care about flash either as long as the major sites switch to HTML5 for video playback. Other than that I personally don't have much use/need for flash plus not having to run a heavy (and probably buggy for a while) plugin on inside an already power hungry web browser isn't the best way to stream a video to a mobile device imo. Also the G1/MyTouch people should probably forget about it for now since from what I've read it'll require a more powerful device to run smoothly (hence why the HTML5 option is the preferred one since I'm sure a G1/MyTouch can handle HTML5 video playback just fine).

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