Adobe Systems has promised users of phones running Google’s Android and Palm’s webOS that they will get a browser plug-in with Flash support in the first half of next year.
Those who visit Adobe’s website on a device running either of these operating systems are told to check back next year. The note for Android users says, “Adobe Flash Player 10.1 is coming to Android 2.0 and future releases in the first half of 2010.”
Last month, Adobe promised a beta version of the the webOS software would be released this year; it’s not clear if this is still going to happen. The company also promised a beta for Windows Mobile this year, too.
More about Adobe Flash Player 10.1
In previous years, Adobe has tried to get Flash support onto smartphones with scaled down versions, but not any more. The full version of Flash Player 10.1 will be for desktops running Windows or Mac OS X, as well as for Windows Mobile, webOS, Android, and several other platforms.
It will support sites that use Flash for navigation, as well as Flash video.
This software will take advantage of the capabilities of the devices it is running on, from multi-touch screens to Graphics Processing Units.
Coming to Most Platforms… but Not All
Adobe has committed to bringing Flash support to Android, Symbian, webOS, and Windows mobile in the first half of 2010.
In addition, Adobe and RIM have announced a joint collaboration to bring Flash Player to Blackberry smartphones at some point in the future.
Adobe would like to add Flash support to the iPhone, but has run into a problem. According to a statement from the company, “Adobe needs full support from Apple beyond what is available through the SDK to enable Web browsing of Flash-based content on the iPhone. While we have been working hard to make the browser plug-in available, without increased co-operation from Apple, it will not be possible.”
In this video demonstration, Adrian Ludwig from Adobe shows off various websites with Flash Player 10.1 on a Palm Pre running webOS: