Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for the Google Nexus One went final this week, with final support for other modern smartphones expected to come any day now. But not all Android devices will be able to support Flash. First, you’ll need to be running Android 2.2 and up. And second, you need a phone with an ARM Cortex A8 chip… for now.

It turns out Adobe actually plans to allow some devices with ARM11-based chips to support Flash Player 10.1 as well. Unfortunately this doesn’t mean we’ll get official support for older Android devices like the G1, because while that phone has an ARM11 chip, it also has a fairly slow clock speed. But newer devices using the older ARM11 architecture could be supported.

Adobe plans to launch a web site which will make it easier for Android users to find out whether their devices will support Flash in the future.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...