Flash for smartphones is the hottest topic on the tip of everyone's tongue at the moment. Well, think again! According to the latest statement of an Adobe employee, flash won't be on the tip of everyone's tongue for very much longer.
As you can see in the following video, flash runs extremely well on new Android devices such as the Nexus one. Your battery power should last over 3 hours when watching H.264 quality videos on YouTube via a WLAN connection.
Flash on Android: It just keeps on running and running...
Online Flash Games? Not a problem whatsoever.
After all the excitement about the new possibilities this presents comes the bitter truth. As androidandme.com reports, Antonio Flores, an Adobe employee, released the following statement:
You can expect the final release for Android to be available mid-year. All Android devices that meet our minimum s/w and h/w requirements will be supported. Unfortunately, I cannot say a lot more publicly about our port to the Android platform at this time.
No, the HTC Hero will not be supported b/c it does not have the correct Anroid OS version and it’s chipset is not powerful enough. We require a device with an ARM v7 (Cortex) processor. Examples include the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets and TI OMAP3 series
In a nutshell this means that only the Nexus One and the Motorola Milestone (Droid) comply with the necessary hardware requirements to enjoy Adobe Flash 10.1. The biggest question for me is whether the soon-to-be released SonyEricsson Xperia X10, which as you know will still run on Android 1.6., will support the flash version.
If you've got a first-generation jailbroken device, you shouldn't bury your head in the sand just yet. I'm positive that the developers are going to come up with something to make the flash player run on "weaker" devices.