Phone Scoop says it received an email from Adobe in which they informed them of their continued plan to deliver Flash 10.1 on "various smartphone platforms" such as Android and WebOS "by the end of the first half of 2010. I was mistaken, along with others into thinking that we wouldn't be seeing it until then.
With the announcement of the signups for the beta, this is (in my opinion) a more acceptable time frame. The email, apparently from Adobe spokesman Stefan Offermann, notes that Adobe CEO Shantanu said:
Smartphone companies like Google and RIM and Palm are going to be releasing versions of Flash on smartphones and tablets in the second half of the year.
This was misinterpreted to mean we wouldn't be getting it at all until the last half of the year, when in fact it meant that device manufacturers won't be releasing devices with built-in Flash support until after it has been made available. I remain skeptical on the whole release time, but maybe we will get surprised this time.
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