Windows Mobile 6.5 not good enough for Adobe Flash 10.1, but some WM 6.5 phones might be updated to WP7
Adobe has decided not to provide Flash 10.1 support for Windows Mobile 6.5, because the OS “does not support some of the critical APIs” needed.
However, Adobe says it will wait until Windows Phone 7 Series is launched and then provide Flash support for Microsoft’s OS.
Interestingly, Adobe mentions that the first Windows Mobile phone to get Flash support is the HTC HD2 – which can only mean the smartphone will be, at some point, upgraded to Windows Phone 7, as rumored more than once until now. You can read more at the Adobe Forums here.
As further evidence for HD2’s possible upgrade, Microsoft says in a tweet that WM 6.5 to WP7 upgrades are “really for the hardware partners to think about.” Which means Microsoft has nothing against upgrading Windows Mobile 6.5 phones to Windows Phone 7, as long as we’re talking about devices that meet the WP7 minimum specs requirements.
As for Android, the first smartphones to get Flash support (in mid 2010) are the Motorola Droid / Milestone and the Google Nexus One. All Android smartphones that meet Adobe’s software and hardware requirements will be supported (they probably need to run Android 2.1 or a newer version).