android flashAdobe and HTC today announced that the new HTC Hero is the first Android powered smartphone to feature Adobe Flash support.  From the press release:

“As the first Android device with Flash, the new HTC Hero represents a key milestone for Android and the Flash Platform. With close to 80 percent of all videos online delivered with Adobe Flash technology, consumers want to access rich Web content on-the-go,” said David Wadhwani, vice president and general manager, Platform Business Unit at Adobe. “The collaboration with HTC offers people a more complete Flash based Web browsing experience today and presents an important step towards full Web browsing with Flash Player 10 on mobile phones in the future.”

It is important to note that they specifically mention YouTube support on the web, and that there is also a full screen video watching mode (much like the Nokia S60 browser does, I would guess).

On a related note, HTC also announced that it was joining Adobe’s Open Screen Project, which is currently focused on bringing Flash 10 to smartphones.

You can watch a video of Flash on the HTC Hero at the Adobe website.