Adobe confirms Flash for Android, BlackBerry, Palm by mid 2010, no iPhone support for now

Apple Inc. and Adobe Inc., the maker of the Flash web platform, have had a turbulent relationship recently as the two companies have failed to reach a licensing agreement to bring Flash support to Apple’s iPhone.

More recently, Apple decided to ban the use of Flash in its hugely successful app store. According to a person familiar with the matter that we have spoken to on condition of anonymity, Adobe was demanding an aggressive licensing structure on a per unit basis that Apple didn’t see as reasonable.

Mr. Narayen says 75-percent of all video sites on the Internet use their proprietary Flash technology to deliver content, with 70-percent of all gaming sites also using the technology to develop their makes.

 Today, during an interview with Fox, Adobe chief executive Shantanu Narayen confirmed Flash support would become available on BlackBerry, Android, and Palm’s WebOS device sometime in the second half of 2010 which is a lot earlier than expected.

Narayen said it would be a “mistake” for firms like Apple to exclude support for the Flash and that those firms that did would adversely affect their customers use experience in the end, which would hurt product sales.

Popular websites that are based off of Flash, such as the popular video-streaming website Hulu do not work without flash, and for that reason do not work on the Apple iPhone or the new iPad tablet, despite consumer appeal to use these sites on their mobiles.

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  • Alex Szilaghi

    Yeah, no iPhone. Apple doesn’t want us to be able to use flash on their tools.

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