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Flash available on the Droid
September 3, 2010
11:10 am
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MrsGeek
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OH BOY!!  We've been waiting for this one.  The Adobe Flash player is now avaialbe on the android smart phone operating system!  That means you can watch the Geeks on Tour videos on your Droid phones!

In case you have no idea what I'm talking about … here's the deal:

Our videos (and a LOT of other video content on the web) is designed to be displayed using the free Adobe Flash Player.  One of the *big* drawbacks of handheld computer devices like the iPhone, the iPad, and the Droid (till now), is that Adobe's Flash player was not available.  That means you're missing a lot of the rich, fun content of many websites if you try to view them on those devices. 

One of the advantages of the Droid over the iPhone is that it is an open system.  It was promised early on that they would someday have support for Flash video.  My understanding is that the iPhone is not planning to have a version of the Flash player.  Why?  Well, probably because it's an apple product and therefore a closed system.  Apple has its own video player called Quicktime – they want you to use that. 

Here's the proof!  A Geeks on Tour video series playing on my Droid:

A Droid phone playing a Geeks on Tour videoImage Enlarger

The Droid's Flash player is a free download available in the Marketplace … Droid homescreen, Marketplace, search for 'Flash'

You need to have the latest version of the Android Operating system … apparently these get rolled out to different phones at different times – Jim doesn't have the latest yet, so he can't get the Flash player yet.  Mine just became availabe, I'm on Android version .2.2, build FRG22D

September 4, 2010
12:24 am
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Chris,

When it comes to this new Droid 2 I just got, I'm a real dunce. I have System version 2.2.20.A955.Verizon.en.US. Model number Droid2. Android version 2.2. Baseband version BP_C_01.09.05P. It goes on and on, but the bottom line is I can't figure out how to get the Adobe Flash Player downloaded to my phone. First, I don't see a Marketplace, just Market. When I open it, there are 3 tabs at the top, Apps, Games and Verizon. When I search for Flash, I don't see anything from Adobe. On the other hand, when I go to your web site, I can watch your videos. Does that meam I already have Flash?? Also, watching your videos on the small screen is very hard to see what you are showing. Mostly useless to me.

Day after day as I try to remember, I find my forgetter working better and better.

September 4, 2010
6:56 am
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Yes!  That means that Flash came pre-installed on your Droid 2. 

I know the videos are pretty useless on that tiny screen – still, it's cool that they play.  Maybe I will learn how to produe them so that they're more valuable on the tiny screen. 

Did you know that you can magnify the screen with the 'pinch' method.  Two fingers on the screen 'pinching' together zooms out (makes everything smaller) – spreading the fingers apart zooms in, making the items bigger.  I know, it doesn't really help with the video since that's a moving target.  I'll have to look around and see if I can find a mobile video player format.  Never a dull moment!

September 5, 2010
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I was a bit miffed when Chris got the Flash Player before me.  My Droid was updated to 2.2 OS before hers, but the build was also earlier.  Imagine my Geek excitement when I was notified of a system update yesterday.  I now have Flash on my Droid, too! 

One thing that the system updates might do is break apps already installed.  This happened to me with my Swype app.  I had to uninstall and reinstall the program. 

Swype is an input method for text.  It is much faster than using any of the 3 normal keyboards available on my Droid.  Swype comes on the DroidX and the Droid2.  I was able to get it during an open beta test.  If your phone has it, try it out.  Here is a link:http://www.swypeinc.com/

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