Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Reaffirmed for BlackBerry

 BlackBerry smartphone users throughout the world can rejoice—Adobe has confirmed again that Adobe Flash Player 10.1 will be coming to the platform. Sure, the information was tucked away in a press release and Adobe seems a lot more excited about the possibilities of Flash and AIR on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, but it’s something. Release date for Flash on the BlackBerry? Still nothing yet.

An SDK (software development kit) for Adobe AIR has already been released for the PlayBook but the BlackBerry still hasn’t gotten any Flash love from the company. Why? I suspect it has to do with the hardware inside of the BlackBerrys on the market right now. On Adobe’s website, the listed minimum mobile requirements for a smartphone to run Flash are pretty beefy (note that these are for Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’ smartphones specifically):

  • ARMv7-A processor with vector FPU
  • OpenGL ES 2
  • H.264 and AAC hardware decoders
  • 256MB of RAM

Well Research In Motion (RIM) has the 256MB of RAM part covered…Adobe does also simply list ‘BlackBerry Tablet OS’ as a supported system. My guess? It’s going to be the only BlackBerry to support Adobe Flash or AIR right now. Even the Torch 9800 might not get the opportunity to run Flash. The PlayBook however, that’s another story.

The BlackBerry PlayBook has a dual-core processor and will support hardware video decoding all the way up to 1080p. It will also be able to hardware accelerate Flash. The RAM packed inside the machine along with its still being worked on but all new BlackBerry Tablet OS from QNX Software Systems (RIM recently purchased the company for this purpose) will definitely be Flash friendly. The BlackBerry Tablet OS is even expected to find its way to a Storm 4 model sometime next year. That might be when we all finally get Flash on a BlackBerry smartphone. Disappointing? Yes.

So what do you think? Adobe and RIM have some trick up their sleeves to get us Flash on our current BlackBerry smartphones? Are we going to have to wait for the transition from BlackBerry OS 6 to QNX’s BlackBerry Tablet OS? Do you even really want to try running Flash on your current BlackBerry? I don’t know how Flash will translate to an optical track pad on a small screen. Let me know your opinion in the comments.

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