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Adobe makes Android Flash-able

New Flash Player 10.1 will work on Android platform and pushed to other mobile partners

Android users need to upgrade to version 2.2 Froyo to use Adobe Flash Player 10.1.
Android users need to upgrade to version 2.2 Froyo to use Adobe Flash Player 10.1.

Adobe has just released Flash Player 10.1 to all its mobile platform partners including Google, allowing users to experience Flash content on their handheld device. But not if they are using an iPhone.

Apple still does not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads with CEO Steve Jobs defending that decision in a recent open letter by saying that "it is based on technology issues".

"Flash was created during the PC era - for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards - all areas where Flash falls short," Jobs added.

Other mobile giants seems to disagree with Jobs, choosing to adopt Flash on their platforms including Android, Windows and BlackBerry.

For Android devices like the Google Nexus One, HTC Desire, Motorola Droid and Samsung Galaxy S, the new Flash Player 10.1 will be available as a final production release only once users have upgraded to Android 2.2 'Froyo'.

Adobe says the player has been released to partners to be supported on devices based on Android, BlackBerry, webOS, upcoming versions of Windows Phone, LiMo, MeeGo and Symbian OS, and will be made available through over-the-air downloads and pre-installed on smartphones, tablets and other devices in the coming months.

"We are thrilled that more than three million Flash designers and developers are now able to unleash their creativity on the world of smart phones, tablets, netbooks, televisions and other consumer electronics," said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Platform Business at Adobe. "The combined power of the leading rich media technology platform with millions of passionate creatives is sure to impact the world in ways we haven't even imagined yet."