Adobe To Offer Flash-Enabled Android Smartphones To Staff For Free

Adobe has chosen its side it seems as it announced that it will be giving free Android-based mobile phones, in collaboration to Google to its employees so that they can be guinea pigs for the next iteration of Flash for Android, version 10.1.

Aside from the fact that the company will be demo-ing a version of Flash for Android at Google's I/O conference this month, Cnet confirmed that Adobe will indeed be "dog-fooding" its own platform, i.e. encouraging its employees to try products they work for.

It is unclear whether this was a Google-led initiative or whether all of Adobe's employees worldwide will receive a free smartphone. Normally, Google gives away either Motorola Droid - the most popular Android Smartphone in the US - or its own Nexus One smartphone.

It is not the first time that Google is encouraging such moves. Back in March 2010, we came across a device seeding program that aimed to encourage developers worldwide to develop Android applications by giving them free Nexus One or Droid handsets.

Google's stance when it comes to Flash is ambiguous at the very least. The company uses Flash in many of its products including Gmail and Youtube. But it is also a ardent supporter of HTML5 and H.264, which are competing standards to Adobe's Flash.