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Adobe unveils full Flash 10.1 support for Android 2.2

Kongregate supports with mobile portal
Adobe unveils full Flash 10.1 support for Android 2.2

The Apple-Adobe feud about Flash on iPhone seems to have blown itself out with little change of opinion on either side.

So now Adobe is pushing forward with its longterm goal of releasing a full version of Flash for other mobile platforms with even more vigor. 

It's announced that the latest version of Android will support Flash Player 10.1.

Codenamed Froyo, Android version 2.2 was pitched as an important step forward for the OS, with Google veep of engineering Vic Gundotra using the firm's I/O conference to state that Flash support is a fundamental part of an accessible and progressive mobile strategy.

Opening the doors

"It turns out on the internet, people use Flash," he told those at the conference, "and part of being open means being inclusive, rather than exclusive."

Gundotra's comments were, of course, crudely aimed at Apple's Steve Jobs, who has previously claimed Apple was the open force in mobile gaming; Adobe's apparent insular focus a reason behind the lack of Flash on iPhone.

Either way, Adobe is releasing a test version of Flash for Froyo, with a general release planned for Flash Player 10.1 on Android and desktop still on track for June.

Amassing a Kongregation

As an offshoot, independent games site Kongregate has launched a mobile portal designed to coincide with Froyo's Flash link-up, with more than 100 of the site's titles on board.

"Adobe Flash Player 10.1 will have a tremendous impact on the mobile gaming landscape for both the game developer and player," says Kongregate founder and CEO Jim Greer.

"Bringing Flash technology to Google's next version of Android enables our more than 8,000 developers to create engaging mobile titles using the tools already familiar to them, while Kongregate players will be able to enjoy great Flash-based, free-to-play game experiences anytime, anywhere."

Firm foundations

The player itself has been rebuilt from its foundations up to offer support for common smartphone utilities, such as multi-touch touchscreen interaction, an accelerometer and improved zooming.

Adobe also claims battery life won't be an issue, with a Nexus One supposedly supporting three hours of Flash video and four hours of Flash gaming.

Adobe has previously indicated that it plans to offer similar support for Symbian, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry and webOS moving forward.

Indeed, by the end of the year, iPhone may be the only major smartphone OS without any form of Flash support.