Abobe and RIM have partnered to bring Flash support to the BlackBerry Platform. Flash support for BlackBerry is regarded as one of the key factors that separates the mobile and the desktop browsing experience. Some very popular flash-based web entertainment portals like MySpace Music, desktop-grade-YouTube, and Flash games will have the opportunity to go mobile in the near future.
The mobile race to integrate these technologies is on: Symbian and the Android OSes are both aiming for early 2010 while Windows Mobile and Palm’s Web OS are racing to deploy this by the end of this year. It’s being speculated that RIM will have a Flash 10.1 solution by summer 2010, if not sooner.
From the press release:
RIM is joining the Open Screen Project, a broad initiative dedicated to enabling standalone applications and richer Web browsing across mobile phones, televisions, desktops and other consumer electronic devices through the Adobe Flash Platform. The collaboration is expected to bring the full Flash Player browser runtime to BlackBerry smartphones.
“As an industry leader for innovative smartphones and wireless solutions, RIM delivers superior mobile user experiences to customers around the world,” said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Flash Platform Business Unit at Adobe. “It’s a natural fit for both companies to work together to bring Flash technology based video and web content to BlackBerry smartphone users.”
“As part of the Open Screen Project, RIM will be working with Adobe to deliver a great Flash technology experience on BlackBerry smartphones and to enable users to enjoy the exciting content and services that Flash technology developers and content creators are bringing to the Web,” said Alan Brenner, SVP at Research In Motion.
Led by Adobe, the Open Screen Project includes close to 50 industry leaders working together to provide a consistent runtime environment and user experience across mobile phones, desktops, and other consumer electronics devices. The initiative addresses the challenges of web browsing on a broad range of devices, and removes the barriers to publishing content and applications seamlessly across screens.