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Android gets Flash

The Apple Flash issue came to the fore recently when  Steve Jobs announced the iPad and today Google dropped a flash bomb on Cupertino by adding Flash to Android.

As we and much of the world noted recently, the iPhone and subsequent Apple devices running its OS such as the iPod Touch and iPad do not support Flash.  This means that they need special apps to access certain internet media content like YouTube videos and many websites just don’t work on those devices.  Windows Phone 7, announced on Monday, will also initially ship without Flash support.  Today however Google announced that Flash 10.1 will be available for Android, setting up the platform to offer a unique feature set in the smartphone market.

We know that Flash can be a resource hog on full power computers, sometimes causing Macs to crash, so I was curious to see how fluid the experience would be.  So I was pleasantly surprised to find this demo of a Motorola Droid running Flash videos on YouTube in a browser perfectly, and even managing to switch from portrait to landscape without missing a beat.  Can iPhone and Windows Phone 7 really afford to sit this one out?

Neil Berman

www.theonbutton.com

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Feb 17, 2010 - Posted by | Mobile, News, Software | , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Well that puts paid to all those nay sayers that talk about the mouseover state, etc, to make it sound like flash would never work on a touch screen. iPad would be so much better with flash! If you want to you should consider signing my online petition to apple at flash4ipad.com

    Comment by paul knight | Mar 24, 2010 | Reply


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