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FOTB08: Another Flash on the iphone discussion

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During yesterday’s “Town Hall meeting”, at FOTB08, a panel of Adobeans was ready to answer any questions that would come up.

One of the questions everyone asks all the time is when we will see the Flash Player running on the iPhone. Paul Betlem, Sr. Director of Engineering, answered the question by repeating what they’ve been saying for a few months now. We can notice how many people picked up on his answer and how many people see it as the confirmation of Flash on the iPhone. This is what Paul said:

Adobe is committed to bringing Flash Player to the iPhone. While the development work has begun, we can’t share more details at this point. It is important to note that we do need to work with Apple beyond what is available through the SDK, its emulation environment and the current license around it to bring the full capabilities of Flash to the iPhone. We think Flash availability on the iPhone benefits the millions of joint Apple and Adobe customers, and we want to work with Apple to bring these capabilities to the device.

source: Serge Jespers

John Gruber
picked it up and shared a very interesting thought on this topic. You can read the whole article here. John basically says the following:

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Apple will not publish a Flash player for the iPhone unless and until there exists some other mobile phone that (a) does run Flash, and (b) starts taking sales away from the iPhone. Which, my guess is, means never. Apple has no motivation to allow it. If Adobe really wants to get Flash on the iPhone, they should shut up about the iPhone and start talking about and coding for Android. An excellent implementation of Flash for Android would give Adobe some amount of actual leverage. Until then, Adobe’s just embarrassing themselves every time they mention it.

I think John is right, altough he does not have to talk about Android alone I think. I discussed this today with my colleague Wim Vanhenden and we both believe that if Nokia can provide a touchscreen device with the same capabilities as the n95 and a higher/nicer user experience combined with acceptable mobile browsing they can compete with the iphone by adding a flash player. If Adobe would develop a flash player for android as well, I agree with John, saying Apple could be motivated to publish a flash player on the iphone. Let’s wait and see how it turns out.


Written by vilebody

October 1, 2008 at 10:13 am

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