Last Updated: April 19th, 2010

Another day, another delay. Recently, Fox Business News sat down with Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen to talk about their new Creative Suite 5 and the controversy regarding Apple excluding Flash from their recent software updates when he let slip that a mobile version of Flash on a variety of platforms, including Android, will be available in the second half of the year.

You can find full video here, but I've excerpted the juicy bits below:

We have a number of excited partners who are working aggressively with us to bring Flash to their devices whether they be smartphones, as well as handsets, and so companies like Google and RIM and Palm are going to be releasing Flash on smartphones and tablets in the second half of the year.

While this news shouldn't hit the Android handset market too hard, it may have quite a different impact on the burgeoning Android tablet market which has been touting the [eventual] ability for their devices to run Flash as a competitive advantage over the iPad.

Granted, the lack of Flash availability hasn't stopped tablets like the wePad from moving forward, but we know of at least one high profile, highly anticipated device that has been delayed until Flash is stable - the Notion Ink Adam. In a post on their official company blog, Notion Ink founder and CEO Rohan Shravan had this to say:

So, are the stories of product delays true? To be frank, I can’t say about other companies. But we want to go ahead only with Flash availability. As soon as the stable Flash is there, there will be two months of testing and we will hit the stores.

Even if, in the best case scenario, the second half of 2010 meant June 1st, companies will still need time to tweak and test Flash on their individual devices, and at least in the case of Notion Ink, that means we wouldn't see it until around Thanksgiving 2010.

Chris Dehghanpoor
Chris is an Android devotee based out of Houston, TX. He enjoys indie rock, general geekery and long walks on the beach. If you can't find him online, he's probably playing Plants VS Zombies.
  • Cru

    Adobe's sluggishness with cause Android tablets to debut around ChromeOS tablets for massive fail.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I'm hoping they'll merge the two rather than releasing both OSes to the tablet market. The ChromeOS idea is quite silly now that we have Android with its myriad of apps.
      Now regarding Flash... yeah... sigh.

  • Kirk

    Notion Ink didn't say they were waiting for mobile Flash aka Glash to release, they said they were waiting to stabilize Flash and then they'd release. I don't think that necessarily means they're waiting for Glash, they're trying to build the device so its stable when it runs Flash. Once that's accomplished, they'll test and release.

    • Chris Dehghanpoor

      I *just now* caught that 'Glash' typo. I had no idea why you were calling Flash 'Glash' in your comment, and I now see that it was a subtle dig at my poor transcription abilities.

      Well played, Kirk...well played.


      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        I totally thought Glash is a funny name for Google Flash.

  • J. Harper

    Ugh... how/why? Here's a post from Gizmodo about my future mobile phone, that is allegedly coming out June 13th.

    "It also runs Flash seamlessly, a mandatory point these days to differentiate from the Apple mobile products that don't."

    The demo devices were already running Flash? So what's the deal here?

    I'm talking about the HTC Evo 4g by the way.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I'm not sure what kind of Flash they're talking about - HTC had a partially implemented version of Flash since 1.5 but there really isn't a whole lot of information whether the EVO 4G will have the full Flash experience, unless 10.1 can get stabilized on Android before then.

  • http://www.matthewfabb.com Matthew Fabb

    Note that Adobe has cleared up the fact that Flash Player 10.1 for Android has NOT been delayed and is still set to come out in the first half of 2010:

    Apparently what the Adobe CEO was referring to was that Flash Player 10.1 would come pre-installed on Android devices starting in the second half of 2010.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      An update has been posted since. Thanks for bringing this up, Matthew.

  • Antonis Gardi