June 22, 2010 | by Robert Nelson
Adobe has announced the official availability of Flash Player 10.1. Of course, some of those lucky enough to have been using a phone with Android 2.2 Froyo will have already experienced Flash on mobile device, but before everyone else gets super excited. The details including in this announcement make it clear that this will remain an Android 2.2 app.
Basically, the press release announcement details how Adobe created Flash Player 10.1 “from the ground up” and added in “new performance and mobile specific features.” In other words, this will hopefully ease the concerns that many have as to whether Flash is truly ready for mobile devices.
Personally, I like the idea and I am glad its coming available, however I am not really sure that I missed it in the past. One thing is certain in that I will reserve any “Flash will kill my battery” type of comments until I can actually get some hands on time. After all, I have (and heavily use) a smartphone which means my battery life is generally poor anyway.
Moving on, the details of the release mention that Flash Player 10.1 will come available in the final release version “once users are able to upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo.” In short, it seems that Flash Player 10.1 is ready, but Adobe is waiting on Android at this point.
Furthermore, some handsets (according to Adobe) that will be given an Android 2.2 upgrade will include the Dell Streak, Google Nexus One, HTC EVO, HTC Desire, HTC Incredible, Motorola Droid, Motorola Milestone and Samsung Galaxy S as well as a more general “others.”
Finally, those that are or will be running Android 2.2 will not have to search very hard for Flash Player 10.1 because its said that it will come as an over-the-air download with an update notification that may show up a few ways including by content triggered downloads, system software updates or on-device app catalogs. Basically it seems as if your device is capable you will be notified one way or another.
In the meantime, Flash Player 10.1 is ready and now we wait for Android 2.2.