Well, it looks like it’s the end of the road for any hopes of Adobe Flash on Apple’s iPhone OS-based devices (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad). Although Steve Jobs has long since put his foot down regarding the matter, Adobe still held out hope that Jobs would change his mind.
However, those hopes were dashed earlier this month when Apple’s iPhone OS 4.0 SDK banned the use of unapproved programming languages (including Adobe Flash). The move by Apple prompted some rather colorful language from Adobe Platform Evangelist Lee Brimelow.
Steve Jobs poured more salt on the wounds yesterday with an open letter that basically said that Adobe Flash’s time has come and gone. “Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs,” said Jobs “But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.”
It appears that Adobe has gotten the hint, and is now officially dropping its plans to push Flash Player onto the iPhone OS platform. Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch posted a response to Steve Jobs’ rant — Adobe’s President and CEO made comments as well — and still feels that Adobe could provide a “terrific experience” on the iPhone and iPad. However, the writing is on the wall and Lynch says that Adobe is shifting its energies to other mobile platforms.
“We have already decided to shift our focus away from Apple devices for both Flash Player and AIR,” said Lynch. “We are working to bring Flash Player and AIR to all the other major participants in the mobile ecosystem, including Google, RIM, Palm (soon to be HP), Microsoft, Nokia and others.”
Lynch also said that there will be a public preview of Flash Player 10.1 for Android devices in May and that a full release will come the following month.
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