February 25, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Not all current generation phones will be able to use Flash 10.1 for Android once it is released in the next few months. Though Flash has been seen working as a prototype on the G1 and had some support on the Hero, an Adobe forums post reveals that not all Android phone models will be supported.
In response to a question about Adobe’s roadmap, an Adobe employee stated that Flash would begin appearing on Android phones “mid-year.” That employee also dropped this bombshell:
“The HTC Hero will not be supported [because] it does not have the correct Android OS version and its chipset is not powerful enough. We require a device an ARM v7 (Cortex) processor. Examples include the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets and TI OMAP3 series.”
We’ve already seen Adobe show-off Flash 10 betas on a Droid and Nexus One, but many hoped that Adobe would still be able to get Flash onto G1’s and Hero’s. This is the first time I’ve seen anyone plainly state that Flash would not be available for a particular Android model. Flash will have minimum software and hardware requirements that the Hero and other phones don’t seem to meet because of OS version or processing power.
Here’s the statement in-full:
You can expect the final release for Android to be available mid-year. All Android devices that meet our minimum s/w and h/w requirements will be supported. Unfortunately, I cannot say a lot more publicly about our port to the Android platform at this time.
As for WinMo, we have made the tough decision to defer support for that platform until WinMo7. This is due to the fact that WinMo6.5 does not support some of the critical APIs that we need.
As for your other questions:
* Yes, we will support the Motorola Milestone.
* No, the HTC Hero will not be supported b/c it does not have the correct Anroid OS version and it’s chipset is not powerful enough. We require a device with an ARM v7 (Cortex) processor. Examples include the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets and TI OMAP3 series.