Andy Rubin says next version of Google's Android OS is going to have built-in support for Adobe Flash. However, those who want this multimedia technology won't have to wait for the release of Android OS 2.2.
Rubin, who leads the team developing this operating system, told the New York Times that Flash will be integrated into his company's open source operating system, even though it's proprietary code, because a feature something consumers want.
Those interested in Flash for their Android OS-based smartphone will be able to get it before Google introduces a system software upgrade, as Adobe plans to release a stand-alone version of Flash Player 10.1 for this platform in the next two months.
A company spokesperson said recently that the public will be able to download this app onto their current Android devices during the first half of the year.
By integrating the Flash Player into Android OS 2.2, Google will save users from having to install the player on their own.
More about Adobe Flash Player 10.1
In past years, Adobe has tried to get Flash support onto smartphones with scaled down versions, but not anymore. The full version of Flash Player 10.1 will be for desktops running Windows or Mac OS X, as well as for webOS and Android, and eventually BlackBerry.
It is going to support sites that use Flash for navigation, as well as Flash video.
The software will take advantage of the capabilities of the devices it is running on, from multi-touch screens to Graphics Processing Units.
More about Android OS 2.2
Google's Rubin was willing to bring up Android OS 2.2 when being interviewed, his company has not yet officially announced this new version, or all the features it will include.
Some details have leaked out early, including an unconfirmed report that it will enable users to automatically download and install new versions of third-party applications if they wish.
At this point, the most likely time for the official unveiling of Android OS 2.2 -- code-named Froyo -- is at the Google I/O conference in May.
Source: New York Times
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