Windows Phone 7 Series for HTC HD2: More Proof?

It seems that we have as much evidence for a Windows Phone 7 Series upgrade for the HD2 as we do against. Time to add another piece of evidence in favor of the upgrade. This time, it comes from the Adobe forums, in a thread where community members are chatting with Adobe representatives about Flash support on mobile devices. The user asks:

Can Adobe clarify the roadmap for Android and Windows Mobile? Based on what was announced in February and June I was expecting some alpha release during MAX and had planned for that. The announcement at MAX there was to be some preview release in December together with the Open Screen Project partners was unfortunate, but no big problem.. Unfortunately that preview release did not materialize and 2009 has passed. Mobile Flash is different from the regular Flash in that I can not get my developers to just install it on the hardware they have, I need to get funding for new phones, acquire them etc. Budgets do not come overnight, so the sooner Adobe can provide us with a clear roadmap the better.

What I need to know is:

– what will be the first Android phone for which a Flash Player 10.1 alpha/preview will be released?

– what will be the first Windows Mobile phone for which a Flash Player 10.1 alpha/preview will be released?

– When?

To that, the Adobe rep replies:

We’re waiting for OS updates from Google and Microsoft before we can distribute a Flash Player Beta. We expect this to happen early this year. Thank you for your patience!

The first Android devices that will support Flash Player are the Droid and Nexus One. The first WinMo device will be the HTC HD2.

And in another reply, the Adobe rep mentions:

You can expect the final release for Android to be available mid-year. All Android devices that meet our minimum s/w and h/w requirements will be supported. Unfortunately, I cannot say a lot more publicly about our port to the Android platform at this time.

As for WinMo, we have made the tough decision to defer support for that platform until WinMo7. This is due to the fact that WinMo6.5 does not support some of the critical APIs that we need.

So wait a sec – if Adobe isn’t adding flash to Windows Phone until version 7, and the HD2 will be the first device to have it, doesn’t this mean that the HD2 will run Windows Phone 7 Series? Connecting the dots, this seems to be the case.

Thanks for the tip, Renato P.

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Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.