During an interview with Fox Business focusing on Adobe's launch of its new Creative Suite 5, President and CEO Shantanu Narayen indicated that there would be a delay in the arrival of Flash 10.1 on the Android, Blackberry, and WebOS platforms. Originally, the company had said that we could expect to see the launch of Flash for those platforms in the first half of this year.
Mr. Narayen has now stated that the ETA of Flash 10.1 for Android, Blackberry, and WebOS will be the second half of 2010. He also mentioned the development of Flash-enabled tablets for the same time frame, likely running either Android or the upcoming ChromeOS with the recent announcement that Google would integrate Flash into the Chrome. As for the current state of affairs, Flash for Android and AIR 2.0 have just entered private beta, with public betas, which you can sign up for here, likely to follow soon.
We have previously covered Flash 10.1 with its positive impact on GMA 500-equipped UMPCs and the now-available release candidate. So far we've been impressed with what we've seen and hopefully this delay won't keep us waiting too much longer for Flash on our mobile devices.[Fox Business via Engadget]
Update: Following the interview with Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen yesterday, where he stated that we wouldn't see Flash 10.1 on Android, Blackberry, and WebOS until the second half of the year, the company contacted Phone Scoop to clarify his comments and confirm there are no delays regarding the launch of Flash 10.1. The email from Adobe spokesperson Stefan Offermann read "Adobe is still on track making Flash Player 10.1 for first mobile platforms including Android available before the end of the first half of 2010". Mr. Narayen's comments yesterday referred to the launch of new hardware from manufacturers featuring Flash rather than the release of the software.