Dell to release Android netbooks with Flash ported by Bsquare?

May 7, 2009
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android_flash-175x164We’ve already posted on the possibility of Dell shipping mobile phones sporting Android as the OS of choice. However, rumours are running rampant on the interwebs at the moment, with various sources reporting that BSQUARE may in fact be porting Flash Lite to Dell netbooks, and a big cover up from WSJ reporting that the original announcement “shouldn’t have been made.” According to Dell spokesman Andrew Bowins, the report was published “in error,” though he didn’t deny the content of the announcement. What a mess!

“Dell constantly assesses new technologies as part of managing our product development process and for consideration in future products. ”

Looks like someone could be losing a job over this. Either way, it would seem that Flash is a long time coming to Android and is something many people are looking forward to. We have already reported that BSQUARE are porting Flash to Android, so it would make sense for Dell to commission them to get it going on any netbooks that may, or may not, run Android. The real question is whether this port will function on the smart phones running Android as well. Given its cohesive and open source nature and that BSQUARE are involved, we would hope so.

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