Google Adding Flash Support in Android 2.2

Thu, Apr 29, 2010

Android, Mobile

Yesterday, Google has announced plans to add Adobe Flash to “Froyo”, the next version of Google’s Android OS. The announcement came from Andy Rubin who is vice president of engineering at Google.

In an interview with the New York Times, Rubin stated that adding native Flash support in Android “means not being militant about the things consumer[s] are actually enjoying.” Of course, he’s referring to the huge amount of sites and applications already using Flash like most of the Facebook games or video content.

The change will likely come after the release of Flash 10.1 in June which will make it possible for many mobile platforms to run it. The lineup of platforms expected to be supported in the latest version are Blackberry, Android, Windows Phone 7, Symbian and WebOS.

While Google is not completely sold on Flash, they see Adobe as a valuable asset and to not punish users for simply viewing and playing content that they wish. Google has already stated support for open standards such as HTML5 which appears to be the future.

As for Android’s implementation of flash, we will just have to wait and see how it plays out when Android 2.2 launches.

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  • Rob

    “While Google is not completely sold on Flash, they see Adobe as a valuable asset and to not punish users for simply viewing and playing content that they wish. Google has already stated support for open standards such as HTML5 which appears to be the future.”

    This is the stance Apple should be taking; and this is the type of level headed cool thinking approach that could very well win the day for Google, and, let them eat Apple's lunch. Poor Microsoft, always the last one to understand whats going on, and by the time they get the clue, the party is nearly over, and everyone is on to the next big thing(netbooks, smartphones, tablets?).