Flash for webOS still on track for first half of 2010?

Adobe’s Flash 10.1 is apparently still on track for “the first half of 2010″ according to PhoneScoop who received a communication from Adobe. This directly refutes statements made by Adobe’s Shantanu Narayen who said to expect new Android, webOS and BlackBerry devices with integrated Flash compatibility during the second half of 2010. Apparently, Narayen was referencing new hardware and not Flash 10.1. In the statement to Phone Scoope, Adobe reaffirms the release window saying, ” Flash 10.1 itself will still be arriving “to first mobile platforms including Android … before the end of the first half of 2010.” Curious they would reference Android. Let’s hope that release date extends to webOS, which we suspect it will given the fact Palm has built-in support for Flash.

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So, we continue to wait for Adobe, but the wait shouldn’t be too much longer.

PhoneScoop via Engadget

Adobe Demos Flash on Palm Pre at MWC

Adobe is using Mobile World Congress to showcase Flash on a variety of mobile platforms, most notably the Palm Pre. We are anticipating the release of webOS 1.4, which will support Flash, but will require a plug-in that will be available for download from the App Catalog. It’s unclear when the required Flash plug-in will be available once Palm webOS 1.4 hits. So, how does Flash perform on the Palm Pre? What can you expect? Sashca Segan of PC Magazine writes,

“The implementation runs both video and games, and once the video or game is running, it runs smoothly – but getting there felt sluggish. The Palm presenter blamed it on a very slow Internet connection. But Flash on the Nexus One definitely loaded more quickly and felt snappier.”

Segan goes on to write that we could be “potentially several months from this Flash implementation going live”. Perhaps our thinking that we’d see Flash on the Palm Pre in February was off base. Stay tuned.

[via Gearlog]