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Flash 10 for most smartphones due in October

updated 04:10 pm EDT, Tue June 23, 2009

Flash 10 Mobile in October

Adobe during its most recent fiscal results call narrowed the window for its plans to port desktop-grade Flash to mobile devices. Company chief Shantanu Naraye says it now expects a beta version of Flash 10 to arrive at the MAX conference in October and that it should initially be available for Android, Symbian, webOS and Windows Mobile. Web browsers on these devices will support both animations and video without having to leave for a separate app, such as the Flash Lite player on many Symbian or Windows Mobile phones.

As before, the release will omit the iPhone due to Apple's rules for software development. Mobile Safari doesn't support third-party plugins, and the iPhone SDK prevents developing apps meant specifically as code interpreters, ruling out a Flash Lite-style app. Adobe has at times said it's discussing Flash with Apple but hasn't provided any kind of timetable. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has insisted that Flash as it exists wouldn't work on the iPhone as Flash Lite often omits key features, including video, while desktop Flash often demands too many system resources.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. rytc

    Senior User

    Joined: Jan 2001

    -8

    Closed

    This closed ecosystem attitude is what will drive more and more people to android over time - Apple should learn from its mistakes with the MacOS and aim to make iPhone OS ubiquitous and license-able, not locked to one single device and closed to tools such as this.

  1. dliup

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2006

    +5

    @rytc

    rytc FAIL.

    Flash is used mostly for those extremely annoying ads. Mp4 is an open standard that Apple use for its video.

    The android phone has poor reviews.

  1. TheBum

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 2001

    +3

    Human nature

    "This closed ecosystem attitude is what will drive more and more people to android over time"

    Hmm. How's that working out for Linux? The closed ecosystem that is Mac OS X continues to slowly build market share while Linux continues to flounder on the desktop.

    Android is too geeky for most folks, just as Linux is.

  1. IxOsX

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    Joined: Feb 2009

    -1

    @TheBum

    "Android is too geeky for most folks, just as Linux is."

    well let me desagree with you. Apple is great, I love OSX, but Linux also is great an is for everybody. And who says is not just show ignorance and low capacity for change. Linux is like a change of mind... And this is not easy for some people who prefers just say bad of Linux.

  1. slapppy

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    Joined: Mar 2008

    +2

    Battery life

    Without Flash 12 hours surfing, with Flash 20 minutes.

  1. luckyday

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    Joined: Apr 2008

    -4

    slapppy

    So if you could choose between flash and no flash you'd choose no flash?

    Stop posting. That post is embarrassing.

  1. Zwats

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2009

    +1

    sloppy

    Flash is losing ground. Look at the average site: no more annoying intro's and useless animations.

    Menu's, interactions ans even animations are more and more done with CSS/Javascript. This works in every browser without needing a plugin. Even in the iPhone.
    Only in ad's and banners Flash still rules. But who needs them ?

    Adobe knows this, and desparately tries to produce a more efficient Flash plugin before more and more developers switch to other (and more open) technologies.

  1. Zwats

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2009

    -1

    sloppy

    Flash is losing ground. Look at the average site: no more annoying intros and useless animations.

    Menu's, interactions ans even animations are more and more done with CSS/Javascript. This works in every browser without needing a plugin. Even in the iPhone.
    Only in ad's and banners Flash still rules. But who needs them ?

    Adobe knows this, and desperately tries to produce a more efficient Flash plugin before more and more developers switch to other (and more open) technologies.

  1. jimsing59

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2009

    0

    Adobe Flash 10

    Flash for smartphones is ahead of flash for computers.
    http://jamesmsingleton.com

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