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Adobe punts Flash 10.1 for smartphones

Adobe Systems said it will release a final version of Flash Player 10.1 for smartphones today

The firm is aiming to put the digital video player on devices ranging from desktop PCs to smartphones, including tablet PCs, but not including Apple's iPad, we imagine.

The Flash Player 10.1 will be available as a final production release for smart phones and tablets once users are able to upgrade to Android 2.2 'Froyo', the firm said.

Google's 'Froyo' is taking its time to get to handsets and doesn't yet feature beyond Google's own Google Nexus One. Further devices down the road are expected to include the Dell Streak, HTC Evo, HTC Desire, HTC Incredible, Droid by Motorola, Motorola Milestone, Samsung Galaxy S and others.

Flash Player 10.1 was also released to mobile platform partners to be supported on devices based on Android, BlackBerry, webOS, future versions of Windows Phone, LiMo, MeeGo and Symbian OS, and is expected to be made available via over-the-air downloads and to be pre-installed on smart phones, tablets and other devices in the coming months.

"More than three million Flash designers and developers are now able to unleash their creativity on the world of smart phones, tablets, netbooks, televisions and other consumer electronics," flannelled David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Platform Business at Adobe. "The combined power of the leading rich media technology platform with millions of passionate creatives is sure to impact the world in ways we haven’t even imagined yet," he warbled.

Device and technology partners include ARM, Brightcove, Dell, Google, HTC, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, RIM, Samsung, Texas Instruments and many others.