Adobe CEO: “Flash Coming to Android Second Half of Year”

Here we go again. The on-again-off-again rumors of whether Flash is coming to Android took a turn for the good today. Adobe’s CEO Shantanu Narayen was on FOX Business speaking about Creative Suite 5 (CS5) when the subject switched to mobile.

We have a number of excited partners who are working aggressively with us to bring Flash to their devices, whether they be smartphones as well as handsets, and so companies like Google or RIM or Palm are going to be releasing versions of Flash on smartphones and tablets in the second half of the year.

This has been a long time coming for many of our readers.  Some of you have been more vocal than others in you desire to have the full Flash player on your phone.  Others don’t care so much.  Hopefully, in over the next few months you’ll all be happy with your options.

There is one thing to keep in mind for those of you with older Android phones.  Most of the handsets released so far, save for the Nexus One and Droid, don’t have the prerequisite ARM v7 (Cortex) needed for Flash 10.1.  So, depending on how bad you want Flash, you might be buying a new phone.

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Scott has been running AndroidGuys since 2007 and loves nothing more than reading up on the latest smartphone rumors. His other mobile efforts can be found on Android Update (CNET) where he covers Google's mobile platform.

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16 Comments

  1. Kevin G.
    April 16, 01:22 Reply

    Does anyone care about flash at this point?

  2. TareX
    April 16, 02:19 Reply

    Hmmm…. Tegra 2 phones are coming in the second half of the year, and Flash is coming to Android -also in the second half of the year. It seems like Adobe couldn't get around Snapdragon to make it accelerate flash. Looks like Tegra 2 is where all the HW-accelerated flash goodness is… Interesting.

  3. selfful
    April 16, 08:59 Reply

    what the hell this flash is? we're talking about like if it's water!!
    drop it, use the html5, they did the same to intersting softwares and technologies, they have to understand that we need standards, not their f****g own technologies, i'm saying the same thing to apple and microshit !!!

    • Ratnok
      April 16, 13:01 Reply

      I'm sorry dude, but if Android had Flash I could watch Hulu.com, movies on Netflix, and video stories on CNN. HMTL5 doesn't cut it. Maybe in the future, but right now, I'm only interested in functionality, not rebellion. In other words, give me Flash until html5 is widely used.

      • chang3d
        April 16, 10:31 Reply

        @Ratnok

        Netflix is silverlight. And Netflix is making them HTML5 capable. Silverlight > All

        But I want HTML5 > Silverlight… so we need better browsers…

        Flash seriously sucks. Flash is like IE. Adobe sat on it too long and let it fall to the shits before they decided to do something.

  4. Preston
    April 16, 17:18 Reply

    Flash is here to stay, regardless of what Steve Jobs thinks. Perhaps Adobe is guilty of criminal foot dragging – no argument there, but Narayen's numbers are correct. 75% of all video on the web is Flash. And when it comes to web animation, jquery is painfully limited.

    For HTML5 and Silverlight to put any kind of meaningful dent in the Flash market would require that Adobe simply close up shop and go fishing for the next 5 years. And as we've just seen, that ain't gonna' happen.

  5. eka
    July 13, 19:06 Reply

    nice post. like this :p

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