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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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.