Did you just update your Verizon Motorola Droid to the Android 2.2 OS (Froyo) ROM that we posted earlier today? Well, there’s more to the Froyo update than just enabling native USB tethering and getting faster system performance (thanks to the JIT compiler) on your stealth-black Android phone. With Android 2.2 loaded on your Droid, you can actually start playing with Adobe’s Flash 10.1 Player. It’s not as simple as going to Adobe’s website and downloading the beta version of their Android-based Flash player, but with a little elbow grease, you should be getting jiggy with all sorts of Flash-based content in no time flat!
Here’s the deal. You have to have Android 2.2 OS (codename Froyo) installed on your phone of choice in order to install the Flash player. But, seeing as how the only available Froyo update for the Droid is deep in “unofficial” territory, you’re going to run into problems trying to access the Flash 10.1 Player download from the official Adobe download link. To get around that problem, you’re going to have to download the installation file to your handset. After downloading the .apk file, you can install the Flash-playing software directly from the phone itself. Alternatively, you can download the .apk file to your desktop and transfer the file to your Motorola Droid.
Adobe Flash 10.1 Player works impressively well on the Nexus One, but we can’t speak to its performance on the Verizon Droid. As long as you refrain from running too many background apps on your Droid, you’ll probably be fine, but don’t come to us complaining if you bog down the phone with multiple apps and Flash-heavy webpages.
Now, before you get all crazy about the Froyo update on your Droid, keep in mind that the hacked ROM does not support WiFi at the moment. If Verizon’s 3G data network is enough to keep you satisfied, go ahead and install the ROM after brushing up on the required reading. You’ll also have to configure your Android 2.2 Froyo system to accept installation files from “unknown sources.” Do this by navigating to Settings > Applications and check the box for “Unknown Sources.”
If you’re ready to take the plunge, simply download the Flash 10.1 Player apk file below and get crackin’!