The lead engineer behind Android has said that support for Adobe Systems' Flash technology will appear in the next version of Google's mobile phone operating system.
Andy Rubin, a vice president of engineering, said in a New York Times interview that Android 2.2, aka Froyo, will include the support, though he didn't make clear whether phones will ship with the technology preinstalled. Google's stance toward Flash is the polar opposite of Apple's rejection of Flash or Flash-based applications on the iPhone.
Of the Flash support, Rubin said that being open sometimes "means not being militant about the things consumer[s] are actually enjoying." His comment refers to the widespread use of Flash for games, animations, video streaming, interactive stock charts, online photo editors, and any number of other uses for Flash today on the Web.
Adobe is set to deliver Flash Player 10.1 by the end of June both for computers, where Flash is ubiquitous, and for higher-end smartphones, where it is largely unknown. It will support Android phones, BlackBerry Those phones include Android models as well as those running Windows Phone 7, the BlackBerry OS, Symbian OS, and Palm's WebOS.