US software vendor Adobe has released the latest version of its mobile platform, Flash Player 10.1, in a move that draws clear battle-lines between different approaches to creating and selling smartphone content.
Software developer Adobe has effectively killed off its Flash Player for Android, on Thursday pulling the browser plug in from the Google Play marketplace.
Adobe has declared that it will cease to develop its Flash Player for new mobile devices, as it looks instead to contribute more aggressively to the development of HTML5. The company admitted that HTML5 is now the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms, and said that it will instead focus on working with key players in the HTML community.
Kevin Lynch, the chief technical officer of software developer Adobe, has posted a terse response to the criticism levelled at Flash technology by Apple chief Steve Jobs last week.
The Informer is beginning to feel that, for him, the days of going to music festivals might be over (festival sponsors, please note: this does NOT apply to VIP freebies). But he was taken back to his long-hair days (The Orb, Glastonbury ’93. Amaaaaaazing…) by an email from Orange this morning about a competition that it ran in the UK to suggest the best mobile application for a music festival.
During Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week, we caught up with Mark Doherty, Adobe’s mobile evangelist for the Flash platform, who gave us a demonstration of Flash Player and Adobe Air running on Android.
Never mind whether androids conjure electric sheep as they sleep, the Google-backed mobile phone platform has inspired some very big dreams indeed. Tech event CES always ensures the year starts off with a bang, drawing a big crowd. But the Informer finds Las Vegas no easier to stomach than its culinary equivalent (a big bowl of refined sugar with half a bottle of gin poured over it), which is the reason he’s holed up in snowy London watching the flurry of product announcements as they settle inches deep on the highways of the internet. That and the absence of a travel budget.
US vendor Motorola is set to beef up the arsenal available to its Android-based devices by bringing Adobe’s Flash Player to the platform.
So it looks like Adobe Flash will be coming to the Apple iPhone after all, but as a native application rather than the in-browser player.
Software firm Adobe announced plans for a full fledged Flash player for mobile devices on Monday, although there is still no sign of a break in the deadlock between it and Apple.
The iPhone community is foaming at the mouth yet again, in the wake of reports that software developer Adobe has confirmed the existence of a Flash player for the Apple device. At the Flash on the Beach developers conference, which is taking place in Brighton, UK this week, Adobe’s senior director of engineering, Paul Betlem, [...]