Adobe and HTC bring Flash to Android

Adobe Systems and HTC, a global designer of mobile phones, have announced that the new HTC Hero is the first Android phone to ship with support for Adobe Flash Platform technology.

The new phone delivers a more complete web browsing experience and provides access to a broad variety of Flash technology based content available on the web today.

Said David Wadhwani, vice president and general manager, platform business unit at Adobe: “As the first Android device with Flash, the new HTC Hero represents a key milestone for Android and the Flash Platform. With close to 80% of all videos online delivered with Adobe Flash technology, consumers want to access rich web content on the go. The collaboration with HTC offers people a more complete Flash based web browsing experience today and presents an important step towards full web browsing with Flash Player 10 on mobile phones in the future.”

The new HTC Hero is a key element of the HTC experience and a new generation of HTC mobile phones and devices. Users can browse and discover a broad set of web content and applications not supported by mobile phones in the past. People can also view YouTube videos using Flash technology, and enable full screen viewing mode by simply double tapping the screen.

Added John Wang, chief marketing officer, HTC: “Adobe Flash is an important core technology for people interacting and experiencing the Web, it is only natural to be offering it on the new HTC Hero first. We look forward to continuing our close collaboration with Adobe and to bringing Flash Player 10 support to our phones in the future.”

HTC also announced its participation in the Open Screen Project, a broad industry effort to deliver a consistent runtime across screens and to provide access to all Flash technology based web content in the future. As a contributor to the initiative, HTC is collaborating with Adobe and more than 25 other industry leaders to bring Flash Player 10 and full web browsing to the next generation of Android based smartphones and other mobile computing platforms and devices.