Today, The New York Times published an interview with Google’s VP of Engineering, Andy Rubin. The topic of the day: Android.
While much of the conversation revolved around the philosophy of an “open” platform, there was some very specific discussion about Flash support for Android 2.2.
Here’s a quote from interviewer Brad Stone
He also promised that full support for Adobe’s Flash standard was coming in the next version of Android, code-named Froyo, for frozen yogurt (previous Android releases were called Cupcake, Donut and Eclair, and are represented outside Building 44 on the Google campus with giant sculptures of the desserts). Sometimes being open “means not being militant about the things consumer are actually enjoying,” he said.
There’s no mention if Flash 10.1 will be supported on Android 2.1 or which existing devices will support Android 2.2. Frankly, I’m happy with Flash Lite support on my HTC Hero. Occasionally, I run across a video that I can’t watch. However, I can still play some games and view some web content. It would be nice to allow devices that won’t support Flash 10.1 to use Flash Lite.
Rubin was also very candid about the openness of Android as compared to other “proprietary systems”. He goes on to say “I don’t know when its might be, but I’m confident it will happen. Open usually wins.”, with regards to if/when Android phones will outnumber BlackBerrys and iPhones.
What features do you want to see in Android 2.2?
Source: NYT and (many) others