Android Froyo to Provide Full Support for Flash
Article by George Norman
On 28 Apr 2010
In an interview for the New York Times, Vice President of Engineering Andy Rubin announced that support for Adobe’s Flash technology will be included in the next version of the Android operating system. That’s right, the lead engineer behind Android said that Android 2.2 codename Froyo will support Flash. Rubin said that “full support” for Adobe’s Flash standard will be included in Android.

The codename Froyo is short for “frozen yogurt”. Previous Android versions all have codenames that are related to food. Android 1.5 is Cupcake, Android 1.6 is Donut, Android 2.0 is Éclair.

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Earlier this month Adobe, the California-based company that specializes in creating multimedia and creativity software products, said it is no longer willing to invest in bringing Flash to the iPhone. According to Adobe's principal product manager for the Flash platform, Mike Chambers, the ability to target the iPhone and iPad will continue to be provided in Flash CS5. But Adobe no longer wants to invest anything in the feature.

The whole thing started after Apple updated its iPhone developer program license. The updated version included this paragraph:
“3.3.1 - Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple and must not use or call any private APIs. Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and Objective-C may compile and directly link against the Documented APIs (e.g., Applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited).”

What that paragraph says is that cross-compiled applications, like the ones developed with Adobe’s Packager for iPhone (included in Adobe Flash Professional CS5) are no longer allowed. So Adobe decided to just give up on the iPhone and switch its focus to the Google-developed Android operating system and the Android-powered tablets that will be released later this year.



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