Adobe “On the Verge” of Delivering Flash for BlackBerry



The CTO of Adobe, Kevin Lynch, said that they are “on the verge of delivering Flash Player 10.1 for smartphones with all but one of the top manufacturers. This includes Google’s Android, RIM’s Blackberry, Nokia, Palm Pre and many others across form factors including not only smartphones but also tablets, netbooks, and internet-connected TVs.” The missing manufacturer is of course Apple.

There has been a lot of bickering between Apple and Adobe, culminating in Steve Jobs saying that Adobe was lazy and claimed Apple didn’t support Flash because it was too buggy.

In November of 2008, Adobe came out saying that the issue with Flash on BlackBerry was that they were not able to get Flash running under Java, and that the multiple layers of code interpretation impose a performance burden. Well it seems Flash Player 10.1 has overcome these hurdles and we can expect Flash for BlackBerry soon enough.

It’s also worth noting that this information was sort of announced back at Dev Con, when we heard “RIM and Adobe will be collaborating to enable other key components of the Flash Platform, including optimizing Adobe AIR for BlackBerry smartphone use cases.”

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