Apple’s stranglehold on mobile gaming might just be over with today’s announcement that the iPhone’s chief rival, Google’s Android platform, will be able to run Flash games courtesy of Adobe’s Flash Player 10.1. Two Flash heavyweights, Mochi Media and Kongregate, have already announced partnerships with Adobe to roll out new sites to offer premium Flash games to users with Android-powered phones.
Mochi Media has created an optimized Android mobile site at m.mochigames.com that will be available upon the release of Android 2.2 phones. More than 25 titles will be available at launch, including mobile-optimized versions of the puzzle game Biomass, the card game Magic Towers Solitaire, and strategy game Wheekling, among others.
“The introduction of Flash to Android will open up a world of opportunity for Flash game developers,” said Jameson Hsu, co-founder and CEO of Mochi Media. “Through Mochi Media’s mobile site, our developer community will now have access to a whole new audience of gamers through the medium of mobile.We’re extremely excited about the great things to come, both for Mochi Media, and also its developer community.”
Kongregate’s mobile site, which can be found at m.kongregate.com, will feature more than 100 Flash games optimized for the Android’s touch screen, including Assembler 3, Talesworth Adventure, Hexiom Connect and Straight Dice.
“Adobe Flash Player 10.1 will have a tremendous impact on the mobile gaming landscape for both the game developer and player,” noted Jim Greer, CEO and co-founder of Kongregate. “Bringing Flash technology to Google’s next version of Android enables our more than 8,000 developers to create engaging mobile titles using the tools already familiar to them, while Kongregate players will be able to enjoy great Flash-based, free-to-play game experiences anytime, anywhere.”
Both sites are only offering a tiny fraction of the Flash games that are currently available online (both Mochi Media and Kongregate boast catalogs with thousands of titles), but it’s a solid first step in bringing Flash games to a new “on the go” audience.