Adobe has released news for Android owners that Adobe Flash 10.1 for mobile for Android will only be released for devices running version 2.1 or higher of the Google mobile OS. The move would limit Android to newer handsets as owners of older models are either waiting to hear of an upgrade or waiting for their 2.x upgrades to be released; thus far, only Google’s Nexus One, made by HTC, and the Motorola Droid–whose update will be released this week–will support 2.1 and be Flash 10.1-ready.
Additionally, Adrian Ludwig from the Flash team, states that Flash 10.1 requires some additional enhancements from Google, and that those updates will be rolled out as necessary. The company is committed to bringing Flash 10.1 mobile to webOS, Android, and Windows Mobile handsets within the first half of the year.
Adobe, Google, and other members of the Open Screen Project are working together to make ensure the full Web experience can be delivered on largest possible number of devices. Support for full Flash Player 10.1 requires some enhancements to existing versions of Android. These enhancements are expected to be available as an upgrade to existing devices and for new devices starting in Q2 2010.
We’re not sure what the additional enhancements would be on top of Android 2.1, but we’re hoping that handsets released or upgraded to Android 2.1 will all receive the upgrade.