Google to promote Adobe Flash in Android 2.2 (Froyo) update

May 18, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Google’s expected update to the Android 2.2 OS, also known as Froyo, will contain the latest version of Adobe Flash optimized for use in mobile devices called Flash 10.1.

Smartphones such as the Nexus One, Motorola Droid and the HTC Evo, upon receiving the Android 2.2 update, will display a link to Adobe Mobile’s website. Users can either view a list of Flash-enabled sites or buy products from Adobe on the Adobe Mobile webpage. The Flash-enabled site list features websites that run on Flash10.1 and includes sites such as Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures and BBC. Gaming websites such as South Park Studios and Kongregate are also present in the list. The list for Nexus One and Droid phones is already available although it is dependent on the type of phone being used by the consumer, as the Droid has fewer sites on its list.

Installation of the 10.1 version of Adobe Flash is hinted as not being optional and will be preinstalled along with the update for Android 2.2. The version may also become available on Google’s browser Chrome as well as its new operating system, Chrome OS.

Apple already has a list of websites supporting the universal web standard of HTML5, present on all of its devices. The list created by Adobe is said to be the company’s response to Apple’s list. Google is also supporting Adobe’s views against Apple’s policy by making the list available through the Android update, even though the company has no involvement in the formation of the list. Google itself has supported HTML5 in the past by allowing the iPad to directly play videos on YouTube using the Safari browser, by changing the website. But the company’s promotion of Adobe Flash signals its belief that Flash support could be an important asset in the competition between the iPhone and Android-powered phones.

The 2.2 version of Android is tipped to be made public at the Google I/O event which will begin on Wednesday. The new version is expected to include many features such as faster performance, USB data tethering and a mobile WiFi hotspot feature.

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