Android 2.2 To Highlight Flash-Enabled Web Sites, Go Where No iPhone Will Go

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News Posted: Tue, May 18 2010 8:02 AM
It was already made rather clear that the next version of Android (v2.2, or "Froyo" in code name speak) would support Adobe Flash Web sites, which has been the talk of the smartphone world over the past few months. Apple's iPhone family has never supported Flash sites, but this debate was rekindled and elevated once the obviously more powerful iPad skipped out on Flash support as well. Now, it's not a matter of horsepower; it's a matter of Steve Jobs (Apple's CEO) versus Adobe. Or so it seems.
But one company that apparently has no real bad blood with Adobe is Google, and the two are taking every opportunity to jump ahead in the smartphone space. Android has been doing quite well over the past few months in terms of customer adoption, though we suspect the increase in iPhone OS users once the next generation iPhone lands in a few months may erase all of those gains. At any rate, it's highly likely that Google will detail their new mobile operating system (Android 2.2) at their own I/O event this week in California, and Adobe will probably be on hand to demonstrate this.


All reports now are suggesting that Flash 10.1 support will be native in Android 2.2, but that's not all. Google will apparently be going out of their way to showcase Flash-enabled Web sites as soon as users upgrade. Rather than a typical "thanks for upgrading" splash screen, Android 2.2 users will be ushered away to experience a list of Flash Web sites. Talk about a low blow to Apple. Even with iPhone OS 4.0 comes out later this year, Flash support will be nowhere near. Regardless of anyone's opinion of Flash, it's still a huge part of the Web today, and even if HTML5 eventually makes Flash irrelevant, we are glad to see at least one major mobile OS supporting a format that's important to users in the here and now. But rubbing Apple's face in it may not be the best long-term decision. Did someone call the Soap Opera director, or what?

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mhenriday replied on Wed, May 19 2010 3:35 AM

One doesn't have to be a fan of Flash to applaud Google's move here. Mr Jobs seems to be suffering from delusions of grandeur....

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HillaryN replied on Fri, May 21 2010 5:59 AM

At last Kindle for Android has been confirmed. It has been a rumor for a while, and being an Android fan, I'm happy to finally hear that Kindle could be available on Android. Amazon already offers Kindle for iPhone, but I am not really a huge iPhone enthusiast. When I use Kindle I need to use it on my computer and at times carrying my laptop with me isn't really one of the most ideal circumstance. However, my phone is practically constantly on me, and it's likely to be such a relief to be able to continue on my reading no matter where I am going.

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