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Android 2.2 'Froyo' to Have Baked-In Flash Support

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Apr 27, 2010, 1:37 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Speaking to the New York Times, Google's Andy Rubin (chief architect of Android) said that Android 2.2 will come with Flash built into the platform. The Times writes that Froyo will have "full support for Adobe’s Flash standard," which enables certain types of web-based content on handsets. Adobe has said that it will deliver Flash Player 10.1 for Android by the end of the first half of the year. It is currently setting up a beta program for testers interested in trying Flash Player 10.1.

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bluecoyote

Apr 28, 2010, 1:34 AM

So is this really a benefit to Android, or is this something you're adding for the sake of it.

Here's my cynical take on it:

I think it's stupid. I think Andy Rubin is stupid. This seems like it was done for the sole purpose to try and frame Apple's decision to not allow a proprietary 3rd party platform with a miserable track record in virtually every conceivable metric as an "evil" decision rather than actually make Android any better.

It reminds me of the people who called Apple evil for not supporting interchangeable audio DRM (it'd be a lot more 'open' if we used PlaysForSure!) instead of just thinking long term and I don't know... abolishing it.

I don't think anyone on the Android development team sees Flash as a viable platform for mobile content. (It ain't.) If they do it's a little ironic.

And uh Andy- Android is ...
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And guess what? Add something *VERY* popular to your phone and it makes it easier to develop for your phone.

I agree that certain aspects of flash aren't mobile-viable (Mouse-over interactions for example)... but there is *TONS* of flash stuff out ...
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That must be why nobody wants an Android phone. Oh, wait... Wink
bluecoyote said:
Here's my cynical take on it:

I think it's stupid. I think Andy Rubin is stupid. This seems like it was done for the sole purpose to try and frame Apple's decision to not allow a proprietary 3rd party platform w
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BTW, your profile is wrong. It should read "I always think I'm right."
gemini88mill

Apr 27, 2010, 2:27 PM

two questions

1. what is google's obsession with food. if they are hungary i can feed them.

2. and why cant i get android 2.1 update on my phone (moto cliq) or at least 1.6 and if not that can i atleast have some flash
Well, the version after Froyo is going to be Gingerbread... I think the "baked-in" joke would have worked better if it wasn't for the only version name you don't cook. Wink
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true that but its always desserts... does any other company do this?
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2 things

1. Hungary is a country.

2. Cliq is getting 2.1. That's up to Moto, not El Goog. And none of the older chipsets are going to get Flash. G1, myTouch, Cliq and Cliq XT are sadly not going to get it.
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scorpio

Apr 27, 2010, 6:18 PM

The HTC EVO...

The Sprint HTC EVO will have Froyo at launch. HTC and Sprint have said the EVO will have full flash at launch. Froyo is in the SDK for the EVO. Android 2.1 was not compatible with the EVO's 4G radio.
 
 
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