I have read all over the internet that this phone cannot support flash due to the hardware in it.
Regardless of it having Android 2.2 it can't support Flash.
I went into my nearby Sprint store and had to have an argument with the guy working in there.
He acted like I was crazy. Said I could download a flash enabled browser.
I left and he never did believe me. Am I wrong to is the Sprint rep wrong?
And, how important is Flash? I like the price on this phone.
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You are correct, the hardware does not support it even though it's available on Android 2.2.
One of the uses of Adobe Flash is to create a flash intro, a piece of animated content displayed at the beginning of a website. Often, the main content is loading in the background, while the animated content is displayed in the foreground. The intent is to captivate the user's attention so that he or she does not stray from the site, although it may do the opposite as it slows the user from accessing the actual site and can be tedious for users with slow internet connections. The quality of such content is usually marketing-centric. Often a "skip" or "skip intro" button is prepared to allow more immediate access to the site's homepage.
From a usability perspective, the intros are regarded as more of a time-consuming distraction toward reaching the more valuable homepage content. A Flash intro also renders the entire website invisible to users of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch who enter via the homepage, as these devices do not support Flash and the user cannot skip past the intro page.
What does any of that Wiki info have to do with the phone supporting or not supporting flash? There are a number of things I was able to do on my previous phone that do not run on this phone because it isn't capable of flash. I don't care if flash is occasionally used to try to keep my attention, it is also used as an integral part to a number of my regular websites that I can no longer access.
The key point is - Adobe has not built a version of Flash that will support this hardware. Specifically, the CPU is in use do not support a specific instruction that is in Flash 10.1 (per XDA Developers). Adobe has made the Flash player to use specific instructions in the high-end Snapdragon and Hummingbird processors.
Specifically, the Optimus S runs the Qualcom MSM7627, an ARM6 design, while Flash 10.1 requires the ARM7 CPU.
I thank you for your interest in this issue, but unfortunately, Sprint cannot fix the issue. We do offer several other phones that do support Adobe Flash; if you are within your first 30 days you can switch to another phone that more closely meets your needs.
Skyfire 3.0 only has limited flash support if your device doesn't have flash installed locally. I've tried. It's part of their new strategy for employing local browser services as much as possible.
Yes, the HTC Evo, HTC Evo Shift and Samsung Epic (with Android 2.2, coming this week) all support Adobe Flash.