Is Apple Big Enough To Make Flash Irrelevant On Mobile Devices?Oct 5th, 2009 | By James Lewin | Category: iPhone, iPods & Portable Media Players
There’s a lot of discussion today about Adobe’s plan to bring Flash to Research In Motion, Windows Mobile, Palm and Google phones.
To bring Flash to all the major cell phone platforms, it seems, except for Apple’s iPhone.
“This is bringing the full Flash capabilities to these devices, it hasnâ€™t been available before,” said Adrian Ludwig, Adobeâ€™s group product marketing manager for the Flash Platform. “There will be a lot of content that just works on the devices, and then some will have to be tailored. If you have a great mobile idea, go ahead and build it and put it on a mobile device.â€
As phones get more and more powerful, Flash becomes less of a liability, slowing down your web browsing, and more of a potentially useful tool.
Is Apple big enough to make Flash irrelevant on mobile devices?
Unfortunately for Adobe, it already has.
What remains to be seen is whether Adobe’s update can turn mobile Flash from a liability into a compelling feature.
Here’s a demo of Flash 10.1 running on a Palm Pre:
Apple’s betting on HTML 5, instead of proprietary plug-ins, and on dedicated apps, where they are needed for performance. The danger for Adobe is that the iPhone is a strong, mature platform with tens of thousands of dedicated apps and a browser that already wows most users.