Adobe announced at the GSMA Mobile World Congress on Monday February 16th that Flash Player 10 will be available on Android as well Windows Mobile, Nokia S60/Symbian, and new Palm devices.
Anup Murarka, director of partner development and technology strategy at Adobe, stated Flash 10 will be available for these mobile phones by the end of 2009 according to ComputerWorld.
Adobe also said that it was “still not close” to providing Flash players for the iPhone or BlackBerrys.
Jack Gold, an independent analyst with J. Gold Associates, states two reasons why the iPhone and RIM devices would be left out.
- One is technical – “Adobe wants Flash to run really well. To get high performance, you need to run in the lower layers of the OS or phone.” – since Windows Mobile, Nokia’s Symbian and Android are relatively open to that, but the BlackBerry and iPhone are not.
- Two is Apple’s business practice – “Apple wants to push its own technology, in this case, QuickTime. It has its own interests at heart. Look at how long it took to get Flash onto Macs. I honestly don’t think you will see Flash on the iPhone anytime soon.”
Also announced by Adobe is that Flash Lite 3.1 for Windows Mobile and Nokia S60 which will automatically install when you download an app requiring it – so one can only assume it should come to Android soon as well.
So the continuing question is WHEN in 2009 will Flash be available for Android and while waiting will we be able to use Flash Lite 3.1?