October 24, 2014

Flash on Android - Plenty Still Unknown

flash_unknown_androidAlright so the big news just came out yesterday regarding Flash on Android handsets.  While the first reaction is to get super excited about the prospects, we have to step back and look at all the stuff we don’t know yet.

Just who is the “global, tier-one carrier” that is referred to in the press release? Smart money says it’s T-Mobile as they are a global brand, and to date, the only US carrier to offer Android.

What version of Flash are we looking at? It could be a full desktop-like version since the web browser is among the most capable. On the other hand, we could be looking at something altogether different. A key phrase in the press release is Adobe Flash technology. That could essentially mean anything at this point.

There is no indication as to when to expect this to happen.  The official word from Adobe was to expect Flash Player 10 by the end of the year, so one might assume BSQUARE brings it sometime before that.  On the other hand, it’s rumored that Adobe was having a tough time doing it themselves and are using BSQUARE to handle this for them.

We also don’t know whether or not existing devices will get a software update.  We’d sure like to think that a simple download will be available to give G1 users Flash, but that remains to be seen.

So as anxious as Android fans might be, yesterday’s announcement is only one step in that direction.