Google to hard-sell Flash on Android devices
Google intends to heavily promote Flash for its Android OS, likely pre-installing it with Android 2.2, according to reports from users.
Adobe has created pages for the Droid and the Nexus One handsets, which will load after Android users upgrade their OS, Electronista reported.
These pages will promote a range of Flash sites with content including video and gaming. They include the BBC, South Park Studios and Sony Pictures.
Google has embraced Flash, intending to integrate it on its Chrome browser, Chrome OS and Android.
The portal pages may be a stab at Apple, which blocks Flash on all its devices.
Apple recently published a list of video streaming sites accessible through the iPad, in an attempt to counter Adobe's assumption that Flash is essential for video viewing online.
The sites, including CNN and Vimeo, use HTML5 instead of Flash for video streaming.
CEO Steve Jobs this week defended Apple's decision to block Flash on the iPad, as well as content such as pornography.
The usually terse Jobs was involved in a fiery debate with Gawker blogger Ryan Tate, during which he said that the bans granted “freedom from programs that steal your private data. Freedom from programs that trash your battery. Freedom from porn.”