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Palm and Motorola handsets to support Flash 10.1

Apple still won't bring Flash to iPhone

Palm and Motorola are among the mobile phone manufacturers that have revealed they will be adding support for Adobe Flash to their handsets.

Adobe announced Flash 10.1 last year, saying handsets from 19 vendors would ship with the software starting in mid-2010.

Among the handset makers that backed Adobe was Motorola, which promised to put Flash 10.1 on an Android handset in early 2010.

Sanjay Jha, the CEO of Motorola's handset business, unveiled the company's Backflip Android handset at CES this week.

Motorola Backflip Android smartphone

At the same time, he announced the company was readying a software update that will include Flash 10.1 support. He did not say when that update, which has been in the works for more than a year, will be delivered to users.

Earlier this week, Adobe said it was working with Google to bring Flash 10.1 to the new Android Nexus One phone, made by HTC, as well.

Palm is also ready to bring Flash support to its smartphone lineup.

Flash 10.1 support for Palm's WebOS operating system is ready and will be delivered in an upcoming plugin that users will be able to download and install on their phones, said Paul Cousineau, director of product marketing at Palm.

To illustrate how users can benefit from having access to Flash content on the web, Cousineau used a Pre handset to play a Flash movie trailer for the movie Avatar.

While Palm didn't give a date for when Flash support would be available, the company said users will be able to download the plugin "soon".

In addition to WebOS and Android handsets, Flash 10.1 support is also coming for BlackBerry devices and handsets running Windows Mobile.

Apple, however, is still holding out against adding support for Flas 10.1 to the iPhone.  Although Adobe's upcoming Flash Professional CS5 will allow developers to compile content in a format supported by the iPhone.

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