Adobe to offer Flash 10.1 only for Android 2.1 or higher, responds to Jobs' attack

Adobe to offer Flash 10.1 only for Android 2.1 or higher, responds to Jobs' attack
For those of you Android users out there who were jumping around in glee over the excitement of having Flash added to their browser, Adobe would like to take these few seconds to splash cold water on your face. The software company announced today that the Adobe Flash 10.1 will be available on those handsets running Android 2.1 or higher. This is being done because of certain software-level access that is necessary. As of this precise moment, that would leave only the Nexus One as a recipient of the upgrade. However, Motorola recently announced that their DROID will be receiving an OTA upgrade to Android 2.1 sometime this week, and other Android devices-some currently running 1.6-will be upgraded to 2.1 before the year is out. Adobe, though, is saying that it should be ready to offer flash on certain Android, webOS and Windows Mobile devices by the first half of this year.

Adobe also took this time to respond to some comments by Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The iPhone does not offer Flash and Jobs recently said that Flash would be replaced by HTML5 which is a standard for video without using a plug-in. Jobs also said that in those rare cases when a Mac crashed, it was due to Flash. Adobe answered by noting that 80% of the video on the web uses flash and that HTML5 is years away. Adobe also blames the Mac crashes on Apple for sending incomplete crash reports and sectioning off certain API's. The software firm adds that the GCC compiler used to build Mac OS X apps is 20 percent slower than the typical Windows compiler. Apple, for its part, will not let the iPhone use Flash because of a perceived lack of stability. Other smartphone manufacturers don't feel the same way and Adobe says that more than half of all such phones will use Flash by 2012.

source: electronista

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14 Comments

1. SamTime

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 07, 2009

Sorry Adobe, I don't want to wait until 2012 for flash. To that Google guy and that Apple guy: Please hurry along and bring us HTML5.

4. sleepyjohnny

Posts: 151; Member since: Dec 16, 2009

dude, HTML5 will replace adobe on computers (according to this article), not on cell phones. cell phone technology is like they said, YEARS away.

13. phonedemocracy

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I don't think they are saying that Flash will be used on phones in 2012, only that by then 50% of smartphones will be flash capable. As far as Flash goes, the Droid, Eris, Hero, Nexus 1, the myTouch3G and perhaps even the G1 will be capable by the end of this year (if not earlier).

14. SamTime

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 07, 2009

Not true. Mobile browsers will be optimized for HTML5 once it's more widely implemented. We're not talking about having a new piece of hardware built into the phone. If you remember when Jobs made his original statement, he attacked Adobe in regards to Flash support for iPhone OS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad). Of course Adobe is going to claim that HTML5 is a long time away. They don't have a hand in it at all. HTML5 would have the potential of making Flash obselete. Flash is slow, clunky, and unstable. It's going to bog you down and lessen the user experience. "As far as Adobe is concerned, Jobs says the reason that the iPhone doesn't support Flash is because it's so buggy. He even stated that the rare times when a Mac crashes, it is usually due to Flash. Jobs also predicted that no one would be using Flash in the future, turning instead to html5 which is somewhat ironic. Why? Because html5 is the platform used by Google to allow the new browser supported Google Voice app to bypass Apple's App Store and work on mobile Safari. The CEO also says that Adobe has the potential to do many great things, but just doesn't and he calls the company lazy." Years away? I don't think so sir.

2. hagayg

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 10, 2010

Just had to say it: That's a one mean counter-burn on Adobe's part!

3. djroggen

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Owning a Droid, this week couldn't get much better. Google Maps 4.0, Android 2.1, now this!

11. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Agreed!

5. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I think one thing folks have to understand about Apple is that they want full control of their customer experience. Think about it, for the general public, when something crashes, be it a website or a program, they blame their computer, not the application. Apple doesn't want someone else's mishap blamed on their equipment. This is why you can't run multiple apps on your iPhone. This is also why all programs have to be approved by the App Store. This is why you can't customize your iPhone. But I do wish there was some compromise on the matter. HTML5 is the future, but the future isn't here yet. I would be down for the iPad if it wasn't limited. I think Apple feels like this decision will force HTML5 within the next year, but in the case that it doesn't, users who buy the iPad will have to wait. Sure, Apple is thinking of what will be, but consumers want what's here now. Apple could support Flash now, but I think Jobs feels like it will slow down the push towards HTML5. So they are stuck.

7. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Risky strategy on Apple's part... especially since EVERYONE else will be getting flash well before HTML5 is ready. I'm starting to wonder if Jobs thinks Apple is the only software company out there and they're steering the industry?

8. VZWtrainer

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 24, 2008

Apple controls everything to benefit their pocketbooks, not the customer experience.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

as overtly true as that is.. so does every other company. companies exist only to make $$ not to be benevolent. Of course,, steve jobs is probably the devil.. lol. maybe thats why Googles mantra is "dont be evil", they want to be the light side to apples dark side.. LOL

6. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Why is there no talk of Adobe and Symbian getting together?

12. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Everytime I see the word Symbian it makes me think of sybian. Don't look it up if your under 18. haha.

10. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Steve Jobs has a vagina. iPhone fan boys want to screw him. Where does that place these two in sociological pecking orders? Bet there's an app to tell you that.

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