Android Flash player version weirdness

If I visit in my HTC Desire Z’s Froyo browser it tells me I’m running “FL 10,1,123,425”, but when I navigate to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > All > Adobe Flash Player 10.1 it tells me it’s version “”.

I’m still relatively new to Android so this isn’t making immediate sense to me; either‘s JS need adjusting or there are two versions of the Flash player on my Android device. Or something else?!?

Edit: Adobe’s own version test page mirrors‘s findings. cisnky suggested trying a pure Flash-based version detection method, which’ll be my next move.

Edit 2: This Flash-based test mirrors the above; that the minor version I’m running is “123”.

Is Flash going to die a slow death?

Interesting blog post onĀ eric e. dolecki’s site here on the topic of Flash’s survival. I’m not sure how much of an issue poor(er) Flash performance on the Mac is for the guys at Adobe, but considering Flash has performed worse on the Mac for years now I’m guessing it’ll continue to remain somewhere down the list of priorities to sort.

Flash isn’t likely to die anytime soon in my opinion (despite all the HTML5 raving at the moment). Flash’s feature set isn’t as widely available in any browser or plug-in and as all developers having to tailor for IE6 *spits* knows; getting users to upgrade and/or install new software isn’t always straightforward.

While I’d love for Adobe to spend time ensuring what great features currently within Flash are made bulletproof (Mac support, accessibility, etc), Flash’s survival is likely to be largely dependent on what standout features the product supports. Standing still and building upon what’s currently within Flash allows competitors to gain ground, which is why I’m guessing each new version of Flash will continue to showcase cutting edge new features.

Start of a discussion about projectors vs. Adobe AIR

There looks like there could be the beginning of an interesting debate on projectors vs. AIR apps at the bottom of this post on Are projectors largely redundant now as a result of technologies like AIR? I don’t think so myself, although there doesn’t really seem to be a single dominant technology for desktop apps as yet.