A big congratulations to Adobe. Flash Player 10.1 is now available on the Android Market for Android 2.2 devices. Those planning to purchase new handsets such as the Motorola Droid 2 will be pleased to know that Flash Player 10.1 will come pre-installed allowing Flash content to work straight out of the box.
It’s a fairly modest list of devices at the moment with the Google Nexus One, HTC Evo 4G, HTC Desire, and Motorola Droid 2 initially receiving support. But as newer phones come to market and more existing handsets get upgraded to Android 2.2 we should start to see some significant Flash Player penetration.
I’ve had 10.1 installed on my Nexus One for a couple of months now and I’ve enjoyed having access to content that I wouldn’t normally be able to see on my phone.
Personally I believe these issues are mostly with the content rather than the Flash Player itself. I guess that’s always going to be the case when running content that was for the most part designed without mobile in mind and/or developed some time ago using obsolete versions of ActionScript.
I guess there’s so much Flash content out there that it makes it an easy target, but I for one am glad I now have a way of checking-out that content on mobile.
If we don’t then it won’t really matter what programming languages or virtual machines we eventually opt for.