Will future updates remove Flash from the Motorola DROID?

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Will future updates remove Flash from the Motorola DROID?
Motorola DROID owners have just updated their phone to download Adobe's Flash Player 10.1. Now, the software company might be planning on playing Indian Giver. Adobe has raised the minimum specs required for Flash Player 10.1 to run on a phone with a WVGA display. The new requirements ask for the handset to be equipped with a Cortex A8 800MHz processor. The first-gen DROID features a 550MHz chip.

So what does this all mean for DROID owners? Are the new requirements only for future updates? Is the DROID somehow grandfathered in? Hopefully, Adobe will make some announcement that will clarify things. Considering that the DROID was one of the first handsets that Adobe showed on video running Flash Player 10.1, it would be unusual for them to suddenly leave owners of the device high and dry. In today's rapidly changing cellphone world, things can change in a flash.

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45 Comments

1. meeyawh unregistered

the original turd just can't hack it. thank god adobe's taking the initiative.

2. derp unregistered

pretty pointless to have flash on a phone whos display regularly fails within 90 days.

3. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

I'm almost convinced at this point that you are Steve Jobs bashing on the Droid to try and boost iPhone sales, I see no other reason at this point for your constant nonsense comments.

4. zerovampire311

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

Regularly fails in 90 days? That's why there were 10s of thousands sold every day, and less than 3% of customers had screen issues? Sorry if you had a bad experience, but that doesn't require public bashing of one of the devices that brought smartphones to the average consumer. P.S. It makes it pretty obvious you're posting multiple times when you fail to capitalize, yet properly punctuate...

5. derp unregistered

well here in the real world, your facts are incorrect. good try though. better luck next time, fanboy.

6. derp unregistered

besides, i have no idea who the OP is but its apperent he has more of a brain than the rest of you verizon following sheep that cant see past what verizon says is hip and popular. droid and iphone both are overrated.

7. meeyawh unregistered

lolz. that's awesome. if i was who you think i am, i'd be bashing the webOS, the only real competitor to the iphone. not the badly thought out joke with an even worse hardware creator.

8. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

funny you say that being that both OS's are run from linux and out of the 2 android has more fuctionality. webos is just cleaner looking and thats about it.

10. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

"lolz"? I wasn't talking to you. You will notice that it says my comment was in response to comment #2, yours was #1 (it works that way since you were the first post, in case you don't understand.)

11. meeyawh unregistered

if you say so. root your android and void your warranty if you want, put your webOS device into developer mode and instantly have more capabilites than an android device ever will. hell, you don't even need to put it in developer mode and it does more. your choice.

13. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

I wasn't aware webOS came with Google turn-by-turn direction. Or voice to text. Or the selection of apps on the Android market. Or a full keyboard larger than what is on the Pre/Pixi. Or an 8 megapixel camera. Or 720p HD video recording. Or HDMI out. Or swype. Or Skype. Umm.... oh yeah and the screen on my X is delightfully huge. I may be missing something...

14. meeyawh unregistered

i'm really glad you enjoy your 8 megapixels of terrible quality due to inferior optics. and also having no choice between a physical or virtual keyboard. just because the turn by turn doesn't have google's name on it, doesn't mean it doesn't exist fanboy. i guess you didn't notice that google voice and voxofon are other great VoIP programs available for the webOS. who cares about HDMI out with a huge throttle applied. sorry to hear you have some sort of dysfunction and a normal sized screen doesn't work for you. i'll keep my stable OS phone with superior battery life running at 1ghz that does everything it needs to do. you keep your turd.

15. derp unregistered

"I may be missing something..." yea, self esteem maybe. sounds like your trying to compinsate for something.

16. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

I almost typed a response, but it is clear that you are just bent on bashing Android. I was open to hearing what you had to say which is why I started my comment with "I wasn't aware that..." hoping you would have a somewhat intelligent, informative response. Instead, well, you can read your own post. And derp; it's compensate.

17. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

And as far as battery life goes, I am able to get a solid 12-14 hours of somewhat heavy use... my record so far is 27hrs 45 minutes but 6-8 of that was idle while I was sleeping.

18. meeyawh unregistered

"I wasn't aware that..." that's not a comment that's meant for spurring a creative, intelligent conversation. you obviously didn't mean it in a curious way. you used it as a one-sided attempt to make your opinion seem like fact. make you feel like a big boy. glad i could grind your gears fanboy.

19. cc16177

Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010

Nothing in that comment comes remotely close to what could be defined as an opinion, everything I stated IS a fact. The Droid X does all those things and as far as I AM AWARE the webOS does not.

23. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Call me crazy...but i believe that Android was around prior to original Droid but was not very relevent until the original Droid released. Palm recently got bought out by HP...i thought. Don't get me wrong, i like webOS and all but unfortunately it is livin inside of Palm's ugly design. I would think that if webOS was the greatest thing since sliced bread as meeyawh tries to make it seem shouldn't it have revived Palm as a company? No, it didn't...Palm Pre/Pixi phones pretty much sucked. Sales sucked...they were irrelevent before the high end smartphones hit and they remain irrelevent now. Kudos to Palm for reinventing a phone that surpassed their normal dry lackluster boring UI...but far from competition with Android. Sorry meeyawh, not sure why you are such an advocate.

26. meeyawh unregistered

i'm glad you all feel so strongly about a piece of plastic, glass and metal that it drives you to extreme defense.

29. lonelylonelylonely unregistered

Hey, meeyawh. So, I like to spend most of my time fighting on internet threads about cell phones. Do you think WebOS is the way to go. I hear the fairy is pretty good. And i like Passion Pit. But I mainly need this phone for fighting with other nerds on phone arena. Any Thoughts? Thanks, Michael.

39. jakov unregistered

webOS? Do you have piles of betamax and HD DVD movies as well?

9. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

OIC you guys are the same kids that were complaing about android and making stupid comments on the angry birds comes to webos post. lol ATTN EVERYONE these guys are just spamming haters. they just go onto articles and bash anyone that says anything about android. Just a couple of douche bags that have no idea what they are talking about and have no business on this website. derp and meeyawh, you guys suck balls.

12. meeyawh unregistered

two different entities, same tech support building. i'm sure somebody who has experience with one phone on a daily basis has more experience than me and derp who work with droid devices day in and day out, most the time with customers that have gone through 6+. you be the judge. your opinion is trash to me either way.

20. zerovampire311

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

I've worked for AT&T, I've worked for Verizon, I've worked for T-Mobile, a total of 12 years of wireless experience. And working in a tech support building? Please, way to kill your opinionated credibility. "Hey, I work in a place where BROKEN PHONES ARE SENT AND IDIOTS CALL FOR HELP." So it makes sense now, your disdain for Android, it's the hottest selling OS in the wireless market now, and you're sick of dealing with it, I'm sure. You work in an environment of broken phones and people who shouldn't have devices they can't understand, but clearly you don't either. 8 Megapixels of inferior quality? Have you ever put a picture from a Palm next to a picture from a Droid X or Incredible? Probably not, because if you think they compare, you're ^&%(ing stupid and/or blind. Or maybe your idea of fine art is the crayon drawings on your mommy's fridge. No choice between virtual or physical keyboard? Do you realize how pointless that is? If you want a touch screen keyboard, you get a touch screen phone. If you want a physical keyboard, you get one with it, I've maybe seen one or two people out of thousands of customers use both. You work in tech support and think rooting voids a warranty? Did you miss the memo where jailbreaking/rooting a phone became LEGAL? It's company policy to void a warranty when a customer says they've rooted a phone, but in legal pursuit, there are no grounds for it to be upheld. Anyone who knows their rights can speak with a manager of a tech support call center and get their warranty reinstated. Throttled HDMI out? Anyone with any sense of tech savvy already has apps to modify their HDMI out capabilities. I'm sorry if you don't know how to use a Droid, but plenty of the rest of us do. And holy WebOS fanboys, way to root for the least relevant smartphone OS, hell, I'd take a Blackberry over that bullshit. I'd rather have a wide range of capabilities in a clear, easy to understand package than a kindergarten smartphone. "Hurrr, we have 9000 apps, we're pioneers of these abilities" is what Palm Reps tell me every month when I refuse to move their products. The only thing they did right was the free mobile hotspot. The post-it note style "Multitasking" is pure bullshit, and horribly implemented. "Look at all these shortcuts!" he says as he pokes letters on the tiny, awkward Pre keyboard. "That's cool, hey look, I just hit the shortcut on my home screen, or go into my ONE application menu, rather than fumbling around 3 of them. Maybe it's time for you guys to get new jobs... and lives... Or hell, maybe even make productive posts to help the slower folks to keep from screwing up their equipment.

25. guest unregistered

Although i agree with almost all of this... the law does not say that companies are not allowed to void warranties with jail broken phones. The jailbreaking law protects people from prosectution as far as intellectual property goes. The legal grounds for voiding warranties when software is changed is usually spelled out in most consumer ageements between the carrier and the consumer. Most agreements say that changes to software that cause issues are not warranty because the owner caused it... the device did not just go bad. Now if it can be proven that the software change did not cause the issue then i would assme warranty still exists... but that would be something very difficult to prove.

28. meeyawh unregistered

especially you mr. guy. nice novel yeah, i'm sick of android. because of it we aren't tech support anymore, we're Android support. a refreshing, easy to fix blackberry or webOS call would be great. but i gotta send people out their 10th android, all due to "force close", "cause code 6 error class 2" and simply just not powering on anymore. That's what over $100 million in advertising does. The turd takes the cake.

34. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

I'm with you on this. I loved Android when it first released. I have the Motorola DROID and when it was 2.0 it was better than iPhone. After all the updates my phone is now junk. I got so frustrated at it once I was ready to trash it. Too many force closings, OS has gotten real slow, lots of glitches, etc. As for Adobe Flash, its not that great. Its not a deal breaker. I'm not wasting money on another device that proves to become obsolete within a year. As much as I used to say how much better Android was than the iPhone I can happily say that my wife and I are saving for a new phone. Not another Android but an iPhone!

38. jakov unregistered

Sounds like you are just bad at your job. 'Sorry the *228 didn't work. Let's just send you a new one' Educate yourself first, then you can educate the customers.

41. badfishie

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

well said @zerovampire311 I work tech support and I never send a replacement Android device. I send dozens of Blackberry replacements daily.

21. tkfox007 unregistered

Well I don't see them pulling it back, but I can see then saying that Adobe Flash requires a more powerful phone than the Droid. I've used it on my Droid, I don't think it's powerful enough to run it. But since there are videos that they aren't optimized for the mobile platform, I really can't tell if it's the hardware requirements or the video itself.

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