Qualcomm teams with Adobe for optimized Flash Player support on some Android phones with Snapdragon
The 800MHz MSM7x27 chip in particular will get the goods first, enabling the Flash Player to ensure rich web browsing, whereas the MSM8x55 family will follow, for smooth HD video support in Flash Player on those handsets that flaunt it. And there are many of them - the HTC ThunderBolt, LG Revolution, HTC Inspire 4G, Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and T-Mobile myTouch 4G are just a few that come to mind. It is not particularly clear if only handsets produced with the new batch of Flash-optimized chips will be able to take advantage, or phones that already have those will be updated somehow.
"Qualcomm and Adobe have developed a lasting relationship driven by both sides' desire to bring an exceptional Web experience throughout all tiers of smart mobile devices. Bringing Flash Player to the mass market segment of smartphones and HD video to higher end smartphones with Qualcomm's processors will expand the scope of possibilities on a mobile device.", says Rob Chandhok, president of Qualcomm Internet Services.
Qualcomm will be demonstrating the optmized Adobe Flash performance in said Snapdragon-powered handsets at the Uplinq conference, which spans today and tomorrow. Hopefully we will learn then how exactly are we to enable those optimizations on our existing handsets, provided that the updated silicon isn't for upcoming phones only.