I remember the first time I really heard about Flash for Android. Well, maybe not heard about it. The first time I got sort of excited about it. It was in San Francisco, at a trendy Spanish-restaurant-meets-brewery back in the summer of 2010. The taps were pouring freely (and by that, I mean free of charge), tasty little hors d'oeuvres came at us from from all directions, and everyone was having a good, if typically nerdy-awkward, time. The free booze definitely helped. It was also, coincidentally, the first time I met the man in charge of Android Police, Artem, and one of our long-standing editors, Aaron Gingrich.
Last night we told you about the update to the Motorola XOOM that has been rolling out which gives the tablet the promised capability to use Flash. Capability is the key word there, because XOOM owners still won't be able to experience Flash on their tabs until the final piece of the puzzle (Adobe's 10.2 Flash update) arrives. We now know when that will be, as Adobe has announced via their blog that it will be released next Friday, March 18.
As for the rest of us non-XOOM Android users, the update should also deliver some goodies, including enhanced performance for the Atrix 4G and LG Optimus 2X.
The majority of TV shows I watch are produced by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), primarily because the BBC iPlayer web app makes it incredibly easy to watch shows free and on-demand. The icing on the cake is the announcement today that a free iPlayer app will be launching on Android and iOS devices in the UK by the end of the week.
The app will deliver live content to any Android or iOS device, as well as radio broadcasts. Additionally, users will be able to access the BBC's full catalog of "catch-up programs," including seven days' worth of on-demand TV shows and radio broadcasts.
We've pinged our contact at Adobe for clarification, but this could be some fantastic irony: Adobe has raised the minimum requirements for Flash. Specifically, the minimum CPU requirement for mobile devices with WVGA resolutions has been bumped up to a Cortex A8 running at 800 MHz. With its 550 MHz CPU, the Droid/Milestone no longer meets the minimum.
We're not sure yet if this is retroactive - in other words, will the Droid receive an update that removes Flash support? Or does this only apply to new hardware going forward? Plenty of people still have the device - especially the Milestone in Europe.