A new update for Adobe Flash is now available in the Android Marketplace, bringing the version up to 10.3.

The update brings a number of features and fixes to Flash on Android, including fixing some issues with the Samsung Galaxy S, where certain video resolutions wouldn't show up. It also fixes crashing issues with the HTC EVO, along with optimization for OMAP 4 Cortex-A9 processors. The rest of the fixes can be found in the official changelog quoted below.

Source: Adobe

Features and Enhancements

Flash Player 10.3 is the newest runtime release of the Open Screen Project that enables uncompromised Web browsing of expressive applications, content and video across devices. For a general overview of new features and enhancements, visit the Flash Player 10.3 Desktop release notes: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/901/cpsid_90194.html.

Fixes and Enhancements in Flash Player

Fixes and Enhancements

  • Enabled NEON optimizations for OMAP4 (Cortex A-9) based devices. (2853030)
  • Corrected an issue on the Samsung Galaxy S where H.264 video at resolutions of 720p and below was not displayed. (2852889)
  • Android Apps using Browser Plug-ins like Flash Player in WebView no longer need to set android:hardwareAcceleration to True in their AndroidMainfest.xml for plug-in output to be rendered.  This was previously an issue on Android 3.0+ only.  (2834793)
  • Fixed a crash on the HTC EVO that some users encountered with specific video. (2855425)
  • Fixed an issue that caused video frames to stop rendering on long streaming videos (> 1 hour) on some Motorola devices. (2855957)

Known Issues and Limitations

This section documents known issues and limitations specific to Android. For additional information on known issues and limitations for Flash Player 10.3, visit the release notes. [http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/901/cpsid_90194.html]


  • A driver bug on the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab disables Hardware Video Decoding.  (2867155)
  • When playing multiple H.264 videos simultaneously on the Nexus One, only the first video will use the hardware decoder.  All other instances will be decoded in software.  (2824867)
  • A problem with some firmware versions on the HTC Desire and HTC Desire HD can cause video playback to hang when changing between Full-Screen and Embedded mode. (2834740)
  • A recent firmware update to the CDMA version of Samsung Galaxy Tab (Model: SCH-I800) breaks RTMP video playback.  (2851870)
  • When resuming video playback from sleep mode, the frames in the video buffer are rendered rapidly until the video catches up with the audio stream. (2856597)
  • Due to a limitation in the power management APIs in Android, streaming video will continue to play audio while the device is in sleep mode. (2856595)

Browser Integration:

  • An Nvidia driver bug on the Motorola Xoom can cause the browser to become unresponsive if the browser is put in the background while Flash Player is in Full-Screen mode.  (2851889)


  • On the HTC G2, flash stops responding when the keyboard is out (2847470)
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  • Arpit

    This still sucks as it cannot be moved to SD memory card. No one use Flash all the time so why to store it in phone memory ?

    • scottishwildcat

      It's just not technically possible to move stuff like Flash to SD currently. It's not really an app, just a bunch of libraries, and they need to live on the phone - you'll notice that moving anything to SD card still leaves some stuff behind, and that stuff is pretty much all that Flash consists of.

  • http://twitter.com/jwwhitt Jordan

    Any other Evo (or other device) users have issues with this update? 10.3 seems to have disabled the embedded videos in Dolphin HD browser..

  • Internetpilot

    Flash v10.3 (and the latest 10.2 revisions as well) disabled the embedded video in both the stock Android browser and Dolphin HD. I get the blue Lego block with a question mark. This makes the 3rd flash update that I've had to back out to an older revision of v10.2 in order for embedded video to work. This is on a rooted HTC Evo 4G running Myn's Warm 2.2 ROM.

    • Lucifer Tennyson

      Can you give me a link to an older version? That would be compatible becuase it says the version here isn't compatible.

  • roebling

    Jeez! How many years old is this "news?"