Flash 10.1 for mobile: The long wait continues

By Jared Newman, PC World

Flash 10.1 for Mobile: The Long Wait Continues

Adobe announced Tuesday it released Adobe Flash 10.1 to its mobile platform partners, with support coming to Android, Blackberry, WebOS, Windows Phones, Symbian, MeeGo and LiMo. What does that mean for you? Nothing, unless you have a Nexus One with Android 2.2 (serendipitously received over the air or installed manually).

Some day, Flash 10.1 will be available on all kinds mobile devices, but you may want to grab a Snickers, because it's not happening for a while. Everyone else will have to wait.

Android phone owners, who need Android 2.2 to run Flash 10.1, can check out this upgrade guide; the gist is that Motorola's Droid will be next in line -- date unspecified - and several other Android 2.1 phones will go Froyo within the next six months, or by year-end. It was once reported that Flash 10.1 would work on Android versions 2.1 and higher, but Adobe's announcement only mentions Android 2.2.

As for those other mobile platforms, think late 2010, early 2011. "We may not see a huge number of these devices available on Tuesday, but the pipeline for Christmas, CES, Mobile World Congress next year is really exciting," Anup Muraka, Adobe's director of technology strategy, told IDG News Service.

Folks eagerly waiting to play Farmville on their phones or watch video from the many content providers who use Flash should be used to the long wait. We started hearing some chatter about Flash 10 for mobile phones in 2008, with Adobe aiming for a late 2009 release. The idea was to have a beta out to developers by October of last year. The beta release window slipped to late 2009 for some devices and early 2010 for others. Reviewers finally got to try Flash 10.1 on the Nexus One last month.

With Flash 10.1 still months away for all but the Nexus One and possibly the Motorola Droid, today's news of a release to partners is worth noting, but not worth getting excited about as a consumer. Proving Steve Jobs wrong will require a bit more patience.

Reprinted with permission from PCWorld.com. Story copyright 2010 PC World Communications. All rights reserved.

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