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Adobe and a number of partner companies are now touting Adobe Flash 10.1 for mobile devices.

Android will be among the first platforms to get Flash 10.1, thanks to some help from Google, which has bent over backwards to make it happen, even changing parts of the core OS to suit Adobe. The first devices to get it will be Android 2.1 devices with some of these OS changes tacked on. Later versions of Android will have these changes baked in as standard.

However, it's unclear (and possibly yet to be decided) whether Flash itself will become a standard part of Android. Google CEO Eric Schmidt took time out of his keynote to demo Flash in the Android browser, but it was on a Nexus One, and it was mentioned that the Nexus One's (unusually) fast processor is part of what enables Flash on Android to run well. If Flash doesn't become a standard part of Android, Adobe told us they will make it available for download in the Android Market.

Regardless, the companies involved have committed to pushing an update to Nexus One and Droid phones that enables full Flash 10.1 in the browser.

Palm webOS is also getting Flash 10.1 soon, and Adobe is working with Microsoft to bring it to Windows Mobile (although the timing is less clear for that platform.) Eventually Adobe plans to bring it to BlackBerry and Symbian, as well.

It's important to note that we're not talking about Flash Lite, or just Flash Video, or just Flash without video. No, this is full-on Flash, showing everything you can see on a desktop PC with Flash. The only exception are a handful of extremely memory-intensive Flash apps, like Photoshop.com, which will easily use 60 MB of app working memory (RAM). That's just not practical on a mobile device yet. Also, some games that rely on complex keyboard input may not work well on devices without keyboards, obviously.

Adobe has taken care to optimize the experience for small screens. Any Flash element on a web page can easily be zoomed to full-screen mode, and any Flash Video content within that can easily be zoomed to full-screen as well.

Adobe also announced Adobe Air for mobile devices, which frees Flash from the browser and lets developers turn Flash content into full apps. These apps can be sold in apps stores and have app icons in the OS just like native apps.

Below are some videos showing Flash 10.1 running on Android 2.1 devices:

A Nexus One displaying Flash 10 games, a Flash image editor, and amazon.com with Flash:

A Motorola Droid displaying Flash 10 games and youtube.com:

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