There’s good news and bad news about the Adobe Flash Player for Google’s Android OS. The good news is that the beta debuted on schedule. In fact, it’s available now. The bad news is that it only runs on smartphones with Android OS 2.2.
This means that just about everyone who wants this feature is going to have to wait weeks or months to get it, because Google just announced the new version of this operating system last week, and it isn’t widely available yet.
Upgrading a smartphone doesn’t work the same as upgrading a PC. When Google finishes work on this OS in the coming weeks, it will give it to device makers, who will then modify it for each of their models before distributing it to users.
More about Adobe Flash Player 10.1
In past years, Adobe has tried to get Flash support onto smartphones with scaled down versions, but not anymore. The full version of Flash Player 10.1 will be for desktops running Windows or Mac OS X, as well as for the Android OS and eventually other smartphone operating systems.
It is going to support sites that use Flash for navigation, as well as Flash video.
The software will take advantage of the capabilities of the devices it is running on, from multi-touch screens to Graphics Processing Units.
More about Android OS 2.2
In addition to the Adobe Flash Player, the next version of Google’s mobile operating system will be the first to include tethering and portable hotspot software.
Android OS 2.2 also contains a number of other small enhancements, but none of the changes will significantly change the platform.
For example, it will run third-party apps faster, and allow users to install software on a removable memory card.