Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for Android Gets Official


We knew Adobe (s adbe) was getting Flash Player 10.1 ready for the Android (s goog) platform and it has now been released to partners. Flash 10.1 requires Android 2.2 (Froyo), as earlier versions of Android cannot handle the requirements of the new Flash Player according to Adobe. The new Flash will be available for any phone running Froyo in the Android Market.

Adobe states the following Android phones are slated to get updated to Android 2.2:

  • DROID by Motorola
  • Dell Streak
  • Google Nexus One
  • Motorola MILESTONE
  • HTC Evo
  • HTC Incredible
  • HTC Desire
  • Samsung Galaxy S

I had the opportunity to test Flash 10.1 on a Nexus One running a pre-production release of Froyo and it worked very well. Virtually every web site with Flash content I visited worked as expected and without any lags.

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Been running the beta on my nexus one for a few weeks now. I have the plugin set to “click to enable” and it works great.

I’m not sure why anyone would want it enabled always by default. Much better to save battery and speed up load times by selectively activating only the flash items I want to see.

Great job so far by adobe though. The bug fixes in the last two updates have been addressing a lot of my problems.

Ramon B. Nuez Jr.

I am amusing with that news we can make the assumption that Froyo is close to public release? It is also nice to see a good set of phones that will be supporting Froyo/Flash 10.1.

I am personally looking forward to seeing 2.2 on the Samsung Galaxy S.

Steve Rowlands

Can’t wait to give this a whirl on my Desire, but somehow I think I’ll be lucky if HTC sorts out 2.2 within the next 12 months……


James, can you tell us a bit about the battery consumption when you use Flash … as this probably is the biggest concern of every Android user whether to use/enable Flash or not.

James Kendrick

I only tested it for a short while so I couldn’t make any realistic battery observations. It was the prerelease version so it may have been optimized in this final version anyway.


Hi James,
Not to be rude but haven’t we been running Flash Player since Froyo came out? Was it an older version of Flash I’m thinking of?


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