Google's Andy Rubin says Full Flash support expected with Android 2.2 "Froyo"

Google's Andy Rubin says Full Flash support expected with Android 2.2
Yet again there is another reason why Android is becoming a clear leader in the mobile space and gaining a lot of support from developers and consumers. With an increasing amount of people relying on their mobile handsets to access the internet, mobile web browsing is fast becoming crowded and competitive at the same time. Despite all of the advances we have seen with mobile web browsing, some still prefer the desktop experience partly because of the lack of support for certain things on mobile handsets. In an interview with the New York Times, Google's vice president of engineering, Andy Rubin, offered some interesting expectations with the next major incarnation of Android. Rubin went on to say that Android 2.2 “Froyo” will finally add full support for Adobe Flash content – which would seamlessly offer that well rounded experience desktop users are used to witnessing. With news like this, consumers may be enticed with the depth of offerings that Android packs. However, Rubin did not provide a clear time line of when users can expect to see “Froyo” released, but Adobe has been heard to start shipping out Flash 10.1 on board Android smartphones some time during the second half of the year – which thankfully isn't too long from now.

source: The NY Times

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14 Comments

1. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

sweet but by the time this comes out ... that new i phone o.s will be out.. wonder if that will have a version of flash or like quicktime or some bs... the battle continues.. will the moto droid be upgradeable to the 2.2 ? that would be great but i dont know at this point if the droid has the capacity to run flash.. although in some cases they have had leaks of it actually being tested on droid. ... this is compelling stuff~~!!!

2. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

4.0 for iPhone won't have flash, and I actually don't think any iPhone OS will support flash, as Steve Jobs has been pretty anti-Flash recently

4. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

ya thats why i said maybe its own version of flash like software....to compete...

5. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

iPhone will be more optimized with html5 I think iPhone can watch youtube.com/html5 on the safari browser as what I have heard. I have never actually tried it so I am not too sure.

3. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

when 2.2 comes out for Droid..Iphone will have had the identical features including html5 flash addon..meh no diff. here

6. tuminatr

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

you are assuming all the we sites are currently using html5, and they simply dont. Most web sites are still using flash

7. tuminatr

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

and its kind of silly to not support the biggest format of video on the web, I bet we have four to five years left before HTML5 is king and on top of that you never know whats going to happen on the web maybe Adobe has a new version of flash that will kick HTML5's butt i guess I dont have all the facts but I know its a big deal

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

according to jobs, the iphone will never have flash. HTML5 is nice and all but its current use is miniscule compared to flash. Android supports both, so its a win win. Android is the free market. What people want, people create and people get. Apple is a government controlled market. What the people want.. the people get what Jobs wants instead.

9. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

While HTML5 might be better; bottom line is Flash is here and will be for awhile. I can't seem to wonder how Apple thinks it can spawn a revolution with maybe I don't know less then 5% market share for pc's ehem macs.

10. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

Thats the thing though. Apple has made so much hype about their products, the biggest being the iPhone. That's how I got interested into their products and currently own two of them. I walk into a college classroom and notice how it is now 50/50 pc and Mac laptops. I see that their plan on expanding to pc owners is working. At first I didn't think i would want to own a Mac because I've had so many years with a pc, but once I got to use one and learn it, I realized how easy it is to use and I really like it now.

11. jedi2000

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Mac makes amazing Laptops and desktops, however they are now very old news when it comes to the smart phone race. You can get an Android phone on almost every network, however the iphone is still suffering on the ATT network. I would have expected more from Mac than one US network and one phone what happened to their variety? Thus I say Android is going to kick Iphone's A@# all over the place for several reasons, and now FLASH! ha!

12. jedi2000

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

I'll be curious to see how they handle flash games if they do at all.

13. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

i dont understand why i got -2.... i phone does have to compete with android right now.. they have so many more handsets on the market for different carriers.. last i checked there is only one i phone... i guess maybe that what makes the i phone so desireable.. but hey.. android beats iphone os all day long.. and if they add flash asll i was saying was that i phone better come up with its own software that can do the same thing if they hate flash so much! ... jeeezzz...

14. dswatson83

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

too many sites use flash and so much advertising uses flash. Trust me, adobe isn't going to let it go lightly. They are releasing flash 10.1 now which already kills html5 on every platform except macs because apple doesn't allow adobe to access the gpu for acceleration. Adobe is quick to update which will keep them relevant to a level html can't. http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/does_html5_really_beat_flash_surprising_results_of_new_tests.p hp

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