Not all current generation phones will be able to use Flash 10.1 for Android once it is released in the next few months, but we had a suspicion that would be the case. Â Though Flash has been seen working as a prototype on the G1 and had some support on the Hero, an AdobeÂ forums post reveals that not allÂ AndroidÂ 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 â€œmid-year.â€ That employee also dropped this bombshell:
â€œThe 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 aÂ deviceÂ an ARM v7 (Cortex) processor. Examples include the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets and TI OMAP3 series.â€
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 minimumÂ softwareÂ 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: