Oh no they didn’t: Android tablet prototype runs Flash
After witnessing the battle between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Adobe we knew that somebody was going to eventually step up and offer a device that supports Flash, in all of it’s glory. It appears that Google plans on releasing an Android tablet operating system that does just that.
Mashable reported on their site today that Adobe was spotted at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Fransisco showcasing Flash on Android devices as well as an Android tablet device much like the iPad. While it is no secret that Google’s next version of Android, 2.2, will support Flash it was a big surprise to everybody that there was an Android-based tablet. The fact that it can support Flash already gives us reason to believe it will be able to give the iPad a run for its’ money. According to the Zedomax blog Adobe says that there will be several Android Tablets available by the end of this year, although names of companies working on building the tablets weren’t released. Adobe Air, also not supported by the iPad, runs flawlessly on the new Android devices, as well.
The option to have Flash will surely be a big advantage for tablets running Android since there are many web sites and applications, such as YouTube (which is owned by Google), which require Flash to work. You can check out videos of the Android tablet prototype on the Zedomax blog.
All I have left to say is this: With the promise of Flash-enabled tablets on the way, I’m glad I didn’t go out and spend hundreds of dollars on the iPad.