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Adobe Confirms Not All Android 2.2 Phones Get Flash

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Sep 2, 2010, 1:54 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

Adobe confirmed to Phone Scoop in a call that though Android 2.2 is required for Flash Player Mobile 10.1 to work, that doesn't mean that all Android 2.2 devices will be able to access and run Flash Player Mobile. According to Adobe, smartphones need to have a minimum set of specifications in order to run Flash Player Mobile, including a fast enough processor and graphics support. Adobe's web site notes that devices with a VGA screen need to have at least a 550Mhz processor in addition to hardware vector FPU support. Devices with WVGA displays need to have a dedicated Cortex A8 800MHz processor or higher, with the same hardware vector FPU support. Adobe said that the Google Nexus One, HTC EVO 4G, HTC Desire, and Motorola Droid, Droid 2 and Droid X are all certified to run Flash. Adobe noted that it knows of several Android handsets that will be released later this year that won't meet the minimum spec requirements to support Flash, though Adobe couldn't name them because they haven't been announced by the manufacturer/carrier.

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Sep 4, 2010, 5:14 AM

Just thought of something.

Some of my favorite porn sites use flash!
I thought that was the only reason people cared about having flash on their phones!

Sep 3, 2010, 9:59 AM

Lets leave Flash in the Past...

Think about it, most websites have either optimized their websites for awesome mobile versions or cleaned up their sites to run fully on any HTML browser. What do we really need flash for? The only think I can think of are embedded movies or games. Games can be taken care of by making an app out of it. If you offer a free game online, offer a free game in one of the app stores. Hell if it's a popular game, people would be willing to pay $0.99 to play it on their phone and actually save their progress.

As for video, we've already been shown that HTML 5 can do video just fine.

Everything else, like all Flash sites are a thing of the past. Sure, sites still have elements of Flash, but they aren't needed anymore.

Plus, I've seen some ...
Actually most sites arn't still optimized for mobile browsing, and a lot of those mobile sites give up a LOT of content to go mobile.

Flash may be dying, but HTML5 is nowhere near pervasive enough to replace it entirely. Yes, some flash sites are ...
Leave flash in the past?? Thats easier said than done. Majority of websites still use flash to deliver media content and I doubt that will change anytime soon. Also, most new Android phones with faster processors and video chips help eliminate choppy ...
...you don't like it therefore the rest of us don't need it?
Johnny Blaze

Sep 2, 2010, 2:19 PM

So does this mean......

That the Galaxy S Vibrant will be getting flash as well? It seems to be well within these specifications 😁
Johnny Blaze said:
That the Galaxy S Vibrant will be getting flash as well? It seems to be well within these specifications 😁

The Galaxy S phones "can" support Flash. Adobe cannot say they "will" be updated to incl...

Sep 2, 2010, 2:24 PM

HTC Droid Incredible

The Incredible was not mentioned as being certified, but it does meet the minimum spec requirements that have been described. I believe the ongoing OTA does include flash player as part of the 2.2 build.
I noticed the Incredible was missing from the list as well. Just one more reason for me to wait for Verizon's EVO clone to launch.
Flash is built into the Incredible 2.2 update. I don't know if it's 10.1 or a revised Flash Lite, but I can now visit sites that I was previously unable to visit before.
It runs flash. I have the phone and the update.

Sep 2, 2010, 4:40 PM

Motorola Droid (original)

The original Droid has WVGA screen but does not have 800 Mhz processor. So seems like those guidelines are not set in stone.

Sep 2, 2010, 2:14 PM

G2 will support flash

According to T-Mobile, G2 will have Flash 10.1 out of the box.
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