If you listen to many of the voices getting airtime at the moment, Apple has well and truly seized the mobile initiative back with the iPad 2 and iOS 4.3. So if the Android brigade are going to change the tune again, they're going to have to make the most of those clear advantages they do have.
One of those, of course, is Flash. Thanks to Steve Jobs' public spat with Adobe last year, Flash support is still nowhere to be seen on Apple's iDevices. But safe to say so far Android has hardly rammed the advantage home, with Flash having proved surprisingly patchy on the platform.
So all the better to hear the news that the latest, all improved version of the software – Flash 10.2 – is coming to Android versions 2.2 and upwards on Friday, March 18.
Flash 10.2 will be a final release for Android Froyo and Gingerbread, though only a beta for Honeycomb-powered tablets – despite many of the new versions features being aimed explicitly at tablets.
“We have been working very closely with Google to ensure tight integration between Flash Player 10.2 and new OS and browser capabilities in Android 3.0,” Adobe announced in a blog post yesterday.
That improved integration will result in the likes of hardware acceleration for H.264 video playback on tablets, better Android browser performance and automatic soft keyboard support.
Adobe says the Motorola Xoom will be the Flash 10.2 guinea pig device – as it has been for so much of Android Honeycomb – and says a final tablet version will hit the airwaves in a “subsequent update”.
To check if your Android phone meets the requirements for Flash 10.2, check out Adobe's Certified Devices page.