We first heard about Adobe’s attempt to repackage Flash for smartphones back in October, now eight whole months later we know finally have ‘Flash Player 10.1 for Mobile’.
In fairness, the 10.1 beta has been doing the rounds for some time, but the exciting news today is Adobe will build the release version into Google Android 2.2 (also known as ‘Froyo’).
Consequently Adobe says owners of the Dell Streak, Google One, HTC Evo, HTC Desire, HTC Incredible, Motorola Droid (aka Milestone in Europe), Samsung Galaxy S “and others” are in line for the upgrade – which also gives owners of these handsets some security in knowing the manufacturers have committed to Android 2.2.
Happily Adobe says BlackBerry, webOS, Windows Phone, LiMo, MeeGo and Symbian OSes will also be supported over time. Nvidia’s Tegra chipset will also offer GPU accelerated playback meaning smartbooks like the Toshiba AC100 should be having a fine time too.
David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president of Adobe’s Platform Business, had the following to say:
“We are thrilled that more than three million Flash designers and developers are now able to unleash their creativity on the world of smart phones, tablets, netbooks, televisions and other consumer electronics. The combined power of the leading rich media technology platform with millions of passionate creatives is sure to impact the world in ways we haven’t even imagined yet.”
Naturally one noticeable absentee from here is Apple, but that shouldn’t be surprising.