Update for Flash Player 10.2 Support on Tablets

Adobe will offer Flash Player 10.2 pre-installed on some tablets and as an OTA download on others within a few weeks of Android 3 (Honeycomb) devices becoming available, the first of which is expected to be the Motorola Xoom.

We are excited about the progress we’ve made optimizing Flash for tablets, alongside partners including Motorola, and expect our momentum to continue. As we announced last week, over 20 million smartphones were shipped or upgraded with Flash Player in 2010 and over 150,000 consumers on the Android Market are rating it 4.5 out of 5 stars. We have raised our estimates for 2011 and expect to see Flash installed on over 132 million devices by the end of this year. Consumers are clearly asking for Flash support on tablet devices and the good news is that they won’t have to wait long. We are aware of over 50 tablets that will ship in 2011 supporting a full web experience (including Flash support) and Xoom users will be among the first to enjoy this benefit.

**UPDATE (3/18/11): We’re happy to announce that Flash Player 10.2 is now available for download on Android Market. To see if your device is certified for Flash Player 10.2, go to http://www.adobe.com/go/cd1. Note that this is a production GA (General Availability) release for Android 2.2 (“Froyo”) and 2.3 (“Gingerbread”) devices and an initial beta release for Android 3.0.1+ (“Honeycomb”) tablets that include Google’s system update (from 3.0 to 3.0.1).

We’ve been collaborating closely with Google and the beta of Flash Player 10.2 for Android 3.0.1+ is an exciting release offering a full web browsing experience, including video, games and other interactive content, to the latest Android tablets. A production GA version of Flash Player 10.2 for Android 3.0.1+ is expected in the coming weeks.

For more details about Flash Player 10.2 performance enhancements, features and capabilities, please check out the Flash Player Team Blog post.

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68 thoughts on “Update for Flash Player 10.2 Support on Tablets

  1. I have wait it for a long long time and really interested in it. My Samsung tablet is running WINDOWS 7 Uti 64 bit and hope it can develop more market except for Xoom users.

  2. I thought the Xoom was going to ship this week without any type of flash until the honeycomb update

  3. Its heartening to know that just because Apple want the web experience to be one that they define, consumers are opting to choose an experience that’s NOT of Apple’s choosing.

    By exclusing Flash from their devices they are presenting a Flash-less surfing experience as the norm to millions of Apple users who are either not concerned about the full web-experience or too retarded to appreciate its exclusion.

    As with the profileration of Android handsets eclipsing iPhone handsets, the same situation will eventually occur with tablet devices. At that ‘tipping-point’ in around 2 years time, it’ll be considered normal for tablets to have Flash and abnormal for them to come without it. At that time, the question will be whether Apple relent and include it? only time will tell

  4. john gruber is right.

    Why people are buying iPads if they “clearly asking for flash”? LOL

  5. adam jones
    Apple is for the openness of html5, flash is a proprietary plugin that kill battery life. I used iPad in the last 10 months and I always had everything by browsing the web on iPad. HTML5 is a win. Flash is not.

  6. In the meantime, Apple’s sale of iOS devices without Flash marches on, 160 million strong so far.

    Contrary to the insults, Adam, I am not retarded. I just prefer not seeing flash ads, and flash-only websites hold no allure for me.

  7. Except that the iPad tablet has been out for a year. And now you’re saying that brand new tablets will have Flash soon? So was Apple suppose to wait a year until Flash was ready for tablets to ship the iPad?

    Also, I prefer not getting the “whole web experience”. Especially the battery draining Flash ads.

  8. “At that time, the question will be whether Apple relent and include it? only time will tell”

    First off, your whole post is amusingly defensive. Calling people “retarded” who may prefer not to be burdened by extra plug-ins and other browser add-ons is not necessary. Some of us prefer that. I preferred it back in the days of Java and RealPlayer. I still do.

    And additionally, it seems to me the onus to make Flash a success is on Adobe, not Apple. Apple hasn’t once said they would never consider putting Flash on their devices, only that Adobe hadn’t delivered a product that met their usability standards. I’ve used Flash on some Android phones and I have to say, I was fairly underwhelmed. The day Adobe can produce a version of Flash that doesn’t drag the device’s performance and user experience into the gutter is the day we’ll see Flash on iOS. People like you should actually be thanking Apple for forcing Adobe’s hand on this matter and pushing them to action.


    “Its heartening to know that just because Apple want the web experience to be one that they define, consumers are opting to choose an experience that’s NOT of Apple’s choosing.”

    So people thus far have chosen not to buy an iPad, and instead are buying the {insert name of shipping tablet with Flash} tablet?

  10. @Adam Jones:
    Assuming Apple’s exclusion of Flash served to accelerate development of a mobile-optimized release, and it still took 4 years from the original iPhone’s debut, do you not agree it was wise for Apple to hold out? If an acceptable version of mobile-optimized flash is ever released, we can then begin to debate Apple’s stance. Until then, all such debate is moot.

  11. The promises the promises. Wait just a little longer.

    This is hard, hard work to get Flash to behave well in a mobile environment. No question that Flash uses a lot of the battery, and Adobe can’t seem to find a way to fix that. But they are trying.

    It makes perfect sense that Apple would not want this technology on their mobile products. It can easily make an 8 hour iPhone experience turn into a 4 hour one. So instead we have an iPhone with great battery life. No one is writing reviews saying “the battery life in the new iPhone is terrible”. And that’s because it is not.

    To make great products you have to know when to say no. (I know someone famous said that.)

    Let’s look at the Flash situation in 12 – 18 months. By then there will be millions of mobile devices sold with Flash pre-installed. (Remember, that’s the promise.) We’ll see what the review are, and the results of all of Adobe’s hard work. If it turns out that the new mobile Flash is fantastic, low battery usage, crash free… And maybe there are some rumors that iPhone users are switching to Android phones to get this great Flash experience. Then we have a new ball game. Apple might then WANT this great technology.

    As it stands today — just like it did 3 years ago — we have still not seen a great mobile Flash implementation in action.

    But the story is, we only have to wait just a little longer. 🙂

  12. You’ve really gotten only 5 other comments up until now? No one else had anything to say to you about this. That makes you extremely lucky, I guess.

  13. @Adam Jones
    Apple doesn’t include Flash because Flash is a proprietary piece of junk that at best works sporadically. Its a memory hog and will become obsolete very soon.
    Why you would want to use a proprietary plugin that ties you to Adobe’s whims as opposed to an open standard such as html5 is bewildering but that’s your prerogative.
    Suggesting that Apple users are “retarded” just shows your ignorance about the issue but i won’t hold it against you… it doesn’t really matter, the superior technology wins out and it ain’t android.

  14. can’t wait to read the Xoom reviews once Flash is finally released, only then will it be a proper review. how much of a drop in battery life does anyone expect. 5% 15% 25% more?

  15. Apple does not want to wait for Adobe in order to launch a product, neither motorola.
    Since 2007, this is the first release of flash optimized for gpu for mobile, so, the ones who want to wait can just keep waiting.
    Once again adobe is forcing users to see the web using their tools, its not the full web, its abobe’s web

  16. Flash is a great advantage to the consumer… as well as the developer, but the problem is the consumer doesn’t know it. None of these commercials push the “why buy an app, when you can do it for free on the web?”. Me, I think its pretty sad that I’m a subscriber to NBA league Pass Broadband, yet they want to charge me $40 extra for the mobile app from the app store. Clearly the consumer is “blind” to the advantages of having a universal technology where you can build it once, and deploy to many. They don’t understand it costs them less money, they don’t understand it improves the products available, because it didn’t have a whole new development team of overhead to build it for a specific device. For developers the advantage is clear, build products with the latest overhead and time. The consumer is clueless though. Here is another example of the clueless consumer. A few months ago I went with my wife to the mall on Sunday, and I was watching a NFL game as she was shopping on my Google Nexus. NFL doesn’t offer any apps to do this unless your on Verizon. My wife wanted to go into the Apple store so we did, and I was asked by like 10 different people how I can watch live NFL games. My answer was my phone has Flash. Lets see HTML5 do that.

  17. After living without flash on my iOS devices I installed flash blocker on my PC’s and they work much better, no memory leaks or system slowdowns and battery life on my laptops is 50% better!
    On the rare instances when I try and go to a Flash necessary site I simply email the webmaster requesting that they remove flash and that I will not use their website until they do.
    Got some nice emails back promising non site updates very soon!

  18. It’s time to start spreading the actual truth now about Flash and battery life / memory on mobile devices


    My own annecdotal evidence on android devices was that Flash didn’t significantly effect battery life when doing tasks similar to others of its kind (eg : comparing a flash game to a native game, rather than to some static text on a web page) and that it handily outperformed HTML/JS/CSS in processing and rendering in almost all scenarios.

    Now there’s an actual study to back this up.

  19. What about Air? Also, how about making more frequent releases of the Flex SDK? The version you built into the last release of Flex Builder we bought was half-baked.

  20. I certainly don’t believe Apple users are retarded (I have an iphone myself) but I can certainly see why some would say so. You are just spouting jobs’s lies verbatim, “proprietary junk” “works sporadically” I have been using flash for many years and yes it occasionally crashes or gives an issue but for the most part it is amazing in what i can do. Most of the video on the web is still delivered with flash so no matter how much apple would like those statements to be true, the real truth is that in order to take advantage of all the web has to offer you need flash, regardless of your feelings towards the tech. Also HTML 5 is no where near ready for prime time, and if you had done any of your own research on that you would know it’s true as the HTML 5 board themselves admitted it’s no where near ready. So how can I technology we use now be replaced (already) by a tech that is not ready yet?… Yes it may replace it in the future, sure but right now flash is what we have and what we use.

  21. One simple question: Flash 10.1 works on my Motorola Droid 2. Why was 10.1 not included for Xoom out of the box, with the upgrade to 10.2 coming within the next few weeks?

  22. its much easier to sell you content if all that free flash media isn’t available.
    really doesn’t make a lot of sense otherwise not to give the consumer the option….. you can alway jailbreak that shit though and get that full web experience.

  23. This is silly. Flash is not an important aspect of the web. Big number statistics don’t change the fact that it is a proprietary technology that was never intended for mobile.

    Open web standards including HTML5 are the future.

  24. The epad that i have is an android tablet. running v2.1. But the manufacturers say it is too expensive to put Flash on it as Flash does not support the ARM6 processor.

    When are we going to get a version that runs on every android operating system?

  25. Wow! A lot of negative comments about flash on here. What I’m curious about is why these flash haters are reading and commenting to the FLASH PLATFORM BLOG on Adobe’s site?

    If your life is so much improved by not having flash, why are you looking up information about it on the site of the company that makes it? If you don’t want it, fine. Shut up and go away. Quit being trolls and looking to start fights with people who do.

  26. A few thoughts:

    1. I don’t like being strong armed by any company to adopt another programming language

    2. If a company does try to strong arm me they should at least have a viable alternative (which HTML5 is not).

    3. I dare any of the flash bashers to show me a single canvas+javascript driven site/RIA that performs in any sort of usable fashion on a mobile device. I so far can’t get a smooth experience from any of the demo sites available on my iPhone 4.

    4. Battery is a non issue. If you perform any computationally intensive task with a weak processor, performance will suffer (high CPU and battery drain). That means canvas+javascript won’t just magically be better on CPU/battery. Pandora kills my iPhone’s battery faster than anything else yet I don’t see that banned.

    5. If you don’t like flash ads, what will you do when all web ads are made with canvas+javascript? Will you disable javascript? If so then you can say goodbye to jQuery and Ajax and any sort of modern functionality on web sites.

  27. @Eric: “Wow! A lot of negative comments about flash on here. What I’m curious about is why these flash haters are reading and commenting to the FLASH PLATFORM BLOG on Adobe’s site?”

    Because these posts show up in Google News and various blogs, that’s why. People come here from all kinds of sources. I doubt people set out with the intent to find this specific sort of article just to be negative. They see an interesting headline posted on a website/RSS feed or whatever, click it, read it, disagree, post, etc.

    I guess my question for you is why does someone disagreeing with you cause you such stress?

  28. I am the president of a software development and consulting company, and with my partners, we have a combined 50+ years of application-building experience.

    The reason Flash is so prolific on the web today is that no other technology allows developers to deliver such rich content. It’s no surprise, then, that virtually all video content on the web is delivered using Flash.

    HTML5 will be a huge factor in web development in years to come, but several things are and always will be true:

    1) HTML5, like its predecessors, will be dependent upon javascript for UI of any sophistication.

    2) Unless someone can get Microsoft, Google, Apple, and others to play nicely with each other, Javascript will continue to have platform inconsistencies between browsers/OS’s.

    3) Those inconsistencies (as opposed to Flash, where developers can build ONCE and deploy virtually everywhere) force developers to spend worlds more time testing applications before release…and doing the necessary work or re-work to eliminate problems. This is an expensive proposition, and the consumer pays…both literally ($$) and figuratively (the inconvenience of bugs).

    I like Apple, and I LOVE the mobile revolution they’ve sparked in the last few years.

    But Steve Jobs is spewing b.s. when he says Flash is too buggy. The truth, rather, HAS to be that he’s concerned (rightfully so) that Flash developers would be able to deploy apps on iOS directly, bypassing the App Store. As an entrepreneur, that’s a valid concern, but I detest the way he handles it.

    Technology will continue to evolve, and someday, somewhere, there will be a development platform with the rich UI capability of Flash, the portability of js, and total platform independence.

    The 80’s and 90’s, Apple was clobbered by MS because they chose a more proprietary course (that’s not to say MS hasn’t done some of the same, just nowhere near the same degree). If Steve (and co) don’t keep that history in mind, they will again be clobbered as the mobile computing world moves toward a more open paradigm.

  29. Has anyone tired to install flash 10.1 on the Xoom? Does it work for now. If it can be done can you tell me how to do it?

  30. @Andre

    “I guess my question for you is why does someone disagreeing with you cause you such stress?”

    It doesn’t and to be honest, I don’t think much of it when I see the flame wars attached to various articles across the web written to attract page views.

    But I don’t see the point in this context. The post these comments are attached to has nothing to do with Apple products so why must the comment section here on Adobe’s own site turn into a stupid flame ware about whether or not Flash deserves to exist as a platform or not?

    It just seems in really poor taste to be doing it here and honestly, I have to credit the administrator of this blog for not removing those posts because this doesn’t seem like the appropriate forum for that kind of discussion. I know, I know. Someone else mentioned Apple in a “pro flash” manner but this blog is written for people who use and want to use flash, right?

  31. please i try to make a use of adobe flash player but i couldnt, and i always like to play vidio flash play or music player. how do i subscribe?

  32. A lot of us hooked our wagons to flash and this “coming soon” stuff has been goin on for months. Try feeding your business needs with Coming Soon.

    pls.. i have a XOOM and a NOOK COLOR and i am no longer in a mood to hear yet another coming soon 10 point whatever. I dont need 3D. I DO NOT NEED BONES. in fact i dont need AS3.. as2 is plenty enough.

    pls make this happen.

  33. Are we still waiting for a Flash 10.2 for Honeycomb or will the 10.2 mentioned above work?

  34. I need flash player……apple want to sell the movies on iTunes store and I want them free.

  35. Nobody realizes that the flash plugin on current android phones doesnt drain the battery unless u choose to let it. Flash ads dont display except for the outline and asking the user if he wants to load flash. Apple should do the same and let the user decide whether he wants the “full” experience or not. Or put a simple switch in the settings that says “flash on/off”, but not to make the decision for the user.

  36. Quoted from original post…………….

    Adobe will offer Flash Player 10.2 pre-installed on some tablets and as an OTA download on others within a few weeks of Android 3 (Honeycomb) devices becoming available, the first of which is expected to be the Motorola Xoom.

    …………..well tomorrow will be a few weeks since launch, so how about it, when can we expect 10.2 for Honeycomb? My Xoom is so lonely without it.

  37. You know, the real problem with having to wait for Flash is not the actual waiting but the lack of information that can easily be remedied. In this day and age of internet, twitter and social media, you would think that companies would be able to keep customers up to speed with developments. This 2-3 weeks, possible spring, and so on is so retarded to say the least. Between Google, Motorola and Adobe you have to scour the internet to find information. There should be a forum or location with a roadmap discussing the process for dedicated customers. We are willing to be early adopters and except the missing functionality but at minimum give us the respect to keep us properly informed.

    • Adobe recently announced that Flash Player 10.2 will be available for download via Android Market this Friday, March 18. Flash Player 10.2 is a production GA (General Availability) release for Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) devices which meet the Flash Player hardware system requirements. It is initially a beta release for Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablets which requires Google’s 3.0.1 system update. For more info, please visit the Flash Player Team Blog at http://adobe.ly/h3e2h7. Info about Flash Player installation for the Motorola XOOM is also availble in this blog post. Hope this helps!


  38. hello i just got my motorola xoom the other day and was told that it had flash already on it. but when i got home and playing around with it i found out i was lied to. when and how will we know when flash is available for download on the Xoom. please someone answer my question seems like no one has a clear answer for me. as well as when can i expect to send my xoom in for the upgrade for the 4lte.

  39. Can we please just get an actual date for the flash upload,
    and SD card software update?
    We are just tired of the lack of communication.

  40. Does anybody know how. I can get YouTube. videos to work b/c I can’t. Get it to work