Adobe Chief Promises Flash Player for iPhone *UPDATED*

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Early this month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that Adobe Flash wasn’t coming to the iPhone. Now, Adobe’s CEO has said — colloquially speaking — Nu-uhh.

Jobs stated reason why his company doesn’t plan to build Flash support into its mobile devices is that this Web-based multimedia system wouldn’t perform well on its smartphone or the iPod touch.

Apple iPhone SDKSince he made these comments, Apple released its iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK), which allows programmers to create third-party applications for this device, and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen “We have evaluated them [the SDK], and we think we can develop an iPhone Flash player ourselves.”

Narayen did not indicate when this will be available, but Apple’s system for distributing third-party software won’t be in place until late June.

Update

Adobe has released a statement that backs away from Narayen’s assertion that Adobe can develop a Flash player for the iPhone without Apple’s help.

The says:

Adobe has evaluated the iPhone SDK and can now start to develop a way to bring Flash Player to the iPhone. However, to bring the full capabilities of Flash to the iPhone Web-browsing experience we do need to work with Apple beyond and above what is available through the SDK and the current license around it.

The Center of the Mobile Web

A recent study showed that the iPhone is far and away the mobile device most used for accessing the Web.

“We believe Flash is synonymous with the Internet experience, and we are committed to bringing Flash to the iPhone,” Narayen said.

Smartphones and handhelds without Flash aren’t be able to easily view many web sites, as these depend on Flash for navigation. In addition, the very popular site YouTube requires a Flash player to view its videos, although there is a special limited version designed for phones without Flash support.

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Via WSJ. Thanks to Genjinaro for the tip.

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