With Apple CEO Steve Jobs arguing that Flash on a mobile device would not deliver acceptable performance for the user, the ensuing war between the two Silicon Valley tech giants have led to Apple evangelizing HTML 5 as an alternative to interactive content, browser-embedded videos, and games and advertising for mobile. However, the war is far from over as Google, which is a supporter of HTML 5, has stood behind Adobe and the Motorola Droid 2 has become the first device to launch with Google’s Android 2.2 operating system, which brings with it native Flash 10.1 for Mobile support [...]
If you’re a proud owner of the Motorola Droid X and are eager to get Android 2.2 for your Adobe Flash 10.1 browsing experience on Android, the wait’s just about over. We’re not sure if the update that’s been leaked online will be the legitimate over the air update that’s scheduled to roll out soon from Verizon, but it does promise Froyo for rooted and non-rooted Droid X devices.
If you’re interested in getting the update, you can head over to Droid X Forums to download the file, but do so at your own risk.
Back in May we tested Flash 10.1 beta on a Nexus One running Froyo, and found that Flash really wasn’t ready for prime time: the performance just wasn’t there. Today, some devices, like the Droid 2, are shipping with the non-beta version of Flash baked right into Android 2.2, which presumably should provide us with the best possible experience of Flash available for a mobile device. In this video we go through a variety of websites on mobile and on a laptop to compare the Flash experience in an attempt to determine if Flash is finally good enough on mobile. You be the [...]
At the Adobe – Android event, Google and Adobe had announced that the Flash 10.1 plugin for the Google Nexus One has finally exited beta. Owners of the Nexus One, which has since been discontinued for consumer consumption, can head over to Android Market to download the plugin for their devices.
It seems that if your Android 2.2 Froyo does not launch with Adobe Flash, you’ll be able to download it from Android Market if your handset meets hardware specs. Another device getting Flash via this route would be the Motorola Droid, which is still getting its Android 2.2 [...]
Previously, Adobe had announced that an ARM Cortex A8 processor or better was required on smartphones to run Adobe Flash 10.1 on Google’s Android operating system, but it seems that the requirements has just been lowered a bit to support devices running the less powerful ARM11 processors. This announcement comes from the Adobe – Android conference in San Francisco, California.
Currently, devices supporting Flash 10.1 must have an upgrade path to Android 2.2 Froyo build. Those devices include the HTC EVO 4G, the Motorola Droid X, the Motorola Droid, the Droid 2, [...]
Verizon Wireless is continuing to roll out its upgrade for the original Motorola Droid in batches. The upgrade will bring with it Android 2.2 Froyo, which will support Adobe Flash 10.1. According to Verizon PR, Flash 10.1 will be available later this summer from Android Market. The browser plugin will give the Droid a desktop-class browsing experience on Android’s Webkit-based browser.
The OTA firmware update for Motorola’s Droid 1 will happen in batches so keep your eyes out for the update to hit your device.
For now, interested users in Android 2.2 Froyo [...]
We were in San Francisco earlier in the week and got a chance to see the Samsung Epic 4G, a dual-mode 3G/4G hybrid smartphone that runs Google’s Android operating system. The Epic 4G is definitely the most unique Galaxy S smartphone model, outpacing its competitors like the Captivate on AT&T, Vibrant on T-Mobile, and Fascinate on Verizon Wireless.
Unlike its close cousins, the Epic 4G has some unique features that make it stand out from the pack. First, it’s the only 4G smartphone on the market from the Galaxy S family, running on Sprint’s growing [...]
According to speculation, Verizon Wireless will be rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update to the HTC Droid Incredible beginning next week. The sources say that Verizon Wireless team members already have Froyo installed on their handsets, and that the rollout will begin in limited batches starting next week. If you’re a lucky Droid Incredible owner and have managed to secure yourself HTC’s AMOLED device in spite of the shortage, keep your eyes out next week for Froyo.
Android 2.2 is expected to give the handset a number of improvements, including speed improvements [...]
If you’ve signed up for the pre-sale opportunity of the Dell Streak through Dell.com, you should start seeing emails letting you know that you can pre-order your device starting today with two-day shipping and a coupon for a Plantronics headset for $0.99, which will be beneficial if you’re trying to make a call so you don’t have told a 5-inch slab to your face. The Streak should be widely available to everyone starting tomorrow, Friday, August 13th.
Dell has confirmed that at this point retail availability for the Streak will be through Dell.com. Dell is [...]
Now that it’s legitimate to jailbreak, at least by the US government though still not officially sanctioned by Apple, another good reason to proceed with the warranty-voiding process is to get a hacked version of Adobe Flash 10.1 working on the iPhone 4 and iPad.
That version of Adobe Flash 10.1 Mobile was obtained from the Android platform and ported to work on iOS devices. Developers and hackers have gone ahead and created a tutorial on how to get it working over at Redmond Pie. To get started, however, you do need to jailbreak your iPhone 4 and download the [...]
The long awaited Motorola Droid 2, which had previously been spotted at a Best Buy, has emerged with pricing information from the electronics retailer. According to Best Buy, the second Droid iteration with the sliding keyboard form factor from Motorola will cost $199 for new contracts or eligible upgrades and $599 for commitmentphobes. Though August 12th has been a rumored date for sometime now, there has been no word yet from either Motorola or Verizon on when the Droid 2 will launch. The device is expected to launch with Android 2.2 Froyo out of the box on release.
For those who did not wait for Sprint to release the official Android 2.2 Froyo build and had to download the unofficial, non-final build of the Flash-supporting ROM from HTC’s servers, there is a fix in tow for your HTC EVO 4G. However, the fix does require a full wipe of your device, but it should rectify any instabilities you have by installing the official version. This will require you to be tethered to a PC to install.
The fix is available over at XDA-Developers and you can download the .EXE file from the links there. Directions are also given over at XDA. [...]
On the Windows Phone 7 front, Microsoft says that there is no plan currently to bring HTML 5 support to Internet Explorer Mobile. The mobile browser, which has been re-written for the next-generation operating system, is based in large part off of the desktop editions of Internet Explorer 7 and 8; Internet Explorer 9 for Windows does support HTML 5.
For some good news, Microsoft says that it is still partnering up with Adobe to bring the Flash browser plugin to Windows Phone 7 in about half a year or so. According to Microsoft Technology Evangelist Frank Prengel, the company is [...]
After having announced that the HTC EVO 4G Android smartphone would get an update to Android 2.2 Froyo, Sprint customers are beginning to see Froyo updates available on their Android handsets by doing a manual check under their Settings menu. Sprint’s probably waiting to see the results of the upgrade process for enthusiasts who are doing to gain speed improvements as well as run Adobe Flash 10.1 on their handsets before pushing the update out to the masses, which is probably a good idea considering the last OTA update was temporarily pulled due to some problems.
If you [...]
On Friday, we got an email from Verizon Wireless saying that the carrier intends on pushing its Android 2.2 Froyo update to the Motorola Droid next week, so that means hopefully we’ll see Froyo with Adobe Flash 10.1 running on Droids starting this week. Verizon’s announcement comes just right after Sprint had announced that Android 2.2 will be hitting its HTC EVO 4G flagship phone beginning on August 3.
(via: Verizon Wireless)
Sprint announced that it will be the first US carrier to launch Android 2.2 Froyo with an update scheduled for August 3 for the HTC EVO 4G. The EVO 4G was launched to great media buzz earlier this summer with HTC Sense and Android 2.1 on a spacious 4.3-inch LCD display. With Android 2.2, the EVO 4G will be capable of playing Adobe Flash 10.1 content and have a richer, more desktop-like browsing experience with that browser plugin, along with numerous speed improvements to enhance the user experience.
OTA notifications will be pushed on August 3, but if you want Froyo early [...]
With early pictures leaking showing Android 2.2 Froyo on Verizon’s flagship Motorola Droid X, and unconfirmed “news” that the upgrade should start hitting the Droid lineup (sans Droid Eris) beginning August 6, we have more images of Froyo smoothly running on the Droid X, giving veracity to the imminent OTA release.
The new system information shows that indeed Android 2.2 is running on a Droid X and we see also Adobe Flash as well as a Flash game running in the background.
French owners of the Samsung Galaxy S will be able to get their Android 2.2 for their Super AMOLED smartphones come this September according to Samsung. Android 2.2 will bring a number of speed improvements to the Android operating system as well as support for Adobe’s Flash 10.1 Mobile plug-in on Android’s Webkit-based browser.
Unlike the US variants of the Galaxy S–Sprint Epic 4G excluded–the international version of the Galaxy S supports a front-facing video camera, which would be good for some FlashTime video calls.
(via: IntoMobile and [...]
With Apple touting FaceTime and shunning Adobe’s Flash web plug-in, Adobe is striking back with partner google by introducing a proof of concept Flash-based video conference app called FlashTime. FlashTime, as its name implies, requires Flash, and will be a cross-platform solution where Flash and the appropriate hardware–mainly a front-facing camera on a mobile or webcam on a PC or Mac desktop–are involved. FlashTime was recently demoed by Adobe–video below–on the Android OS (Android 2.2 Froyo required as 2.2 supports Flash 10.1 Mobile). [...]
It looks like the oft-rumored Motorola Droid 2, which has been caught in numerous leaked photos, will be launching straight with Android 2.2 Froyo, the Google mobile OS edition that supports Adobe Flash 10.1 for a desktop-class browsing experience. Adopters of the Motorola Droid X will still need to wait until later this summer for Motorola and Verizon to push out Android 2.2 to their devices; an exact date hasn’t been announced yet.
In addition to being let out of the gate with Android 2.2 on board, it seems that the widgets-based UI system on the Droid X will also be [...]
It seems that a bug for Adobe Flash 10.1 Mobile on Android Froyo 2.2 is that the plugin will initiate and play audio despite the fact that the device is in silent mode. Even if you’ve silenced your device, when you’re watching video in the browser, audio will still chime through, which could be a bad thing if you need the device to stay muted. According to one user’s email to the forums at Android Guys,
We rely on silent mode on all our devices to help the geeklet to stay asleep while allowing his mom and dad to continue to use their phones and computers. Last [...]
We had reported about Frash before, which is a project that aims to port Android 2.2’s Adobe Flash 10.1 Mobile support to iOS devices like the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Frash uses a multi-process model so that if the plugin crashes, your browser doesn’t crash. Essentially, according to IntoMobile, it means: Frash uses a multi-process model similar to Chrome on the desktop, so a crash in the Frash/Flash plugin doesn’t take down the browser. You can see this while I’m playing Alien Hominid: the ad above crashed (probably a Frash bug), but Safari stays open [...]
It looks like a modder over at XDA-Developers has created a ROM that brings Sense UI, Froyo Android 2.2, and 720p HD video recording to the HTC Desire. HTC had committed itself to a software update to support HD encoding with the video camera of the Desire. However, for those impatient Desire owners who want to gettheir hands on Froyo, which brings with it Adobe Flash 10.1 support, as well as the HD encoding features that are baked into this ROM, you can head over to XDA to learn more.
(via: IntoMobile and The Gadgets)
It looks like a developer has been successful in porting Adobe’s Flash 10.1 Mobile plug-in from the Android build by adding a compatibility layer so that it runs on a jailbroken iOS device. The mobile plugin hack, called Frash, was shown working on an iPad by modder Comex, who also said that development work is also being made for the plugin to move to the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4. Frash is limited to the two latest iPhone models due to hardware requirements to get it to run smoothly.
It looks like we may finally be able to test out Flash on iOS devices once this [...]