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Flash Coming to Smart Phones

Posted by Charles | June 5, 2009 .

Reported by WSJ, Adobe is about to march Flash into smart phones include Android phones, Palm Pre and high end Nokia. You know what’s missing in the list. For that, we have to wait, I guess.

But takes them so long, WSJ has a theory (or insight):

“But the software company’s year-plus effort to expand beyond the PC has
been hampered by shifting strategies within Adobe and an inability to
offer a version of Flash that runs on the iPhone and BlackBerry devices.”

So it seems Adobe gets its house in place, “Now, the San Jose, Calif., company is reengineering its software so
Flash-based games and videos can run on different handsets as well as
PCs without being modified. As part of the effort, Adobe has struck
alliances with chip designers and phone makers and offered millions of
dollars to developers willing to write programs for mobile devices that
use its software.”

As for iPhone, Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch says Adobe has engineering teams dedicated to working on each
major smart phone. In the case of the iPhone, the hold up isn’t
entirely technical. “We need to have Apple’s agreement before we can do
it,” he says. Apple and RIM declined to comment.

At the end, WSJ made a very good call on why Apple does not like Flash on iPhone:

“Analysts say one reason for Apple’s reluctance to embrace Flash is that
phone makers differentiate themselves based on the software that runs
on their devices. If a game is only available on the iPhone, for
instance, that might convince someone to buy the device. As a result,
it may be in the interests of Apple and RIM to keep Flash off their
gadgets.”

It’s all about business.

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  1. henry  September 1, 2009 6:48 pm

    apple sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    im a proud owner of an iphone 3g but jailbroken ultrasnow!!!!!

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