Adobe Flash Player Coming To a Broad Array of Mobile Devices

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Adobe said this week it is working with ARM to bring Flash Player 10 to devices running processors based on ARM designs. This includes smartphones running some of the best-known mobile operating systems, but not the iPhone.

At its annual MAX conference, Adobe’s Chief Technology Officer Kevin Lynch demoed an early version of the Flash Player on devices running Windows Mobile, Android, and Symbian S60.

“Video created for the Adobe Flash Player is the leading video format on the web today, and this collaboration with ARM is another important step towards bringing the complete web experience to mobile devices worldwide,” said Gary Kovacs, general manager and vice president, Mobile and Devices at Adobe.

A version of Flash Player 10 optimized for ARM-based smartphones, MIDs, and other products is expected to be available in the second half of 2009.

No iPhone Support

Lynch was not able to demonstrate Flash Player on a iPhone, because Apple is blocking Adobe from releasing a version of this application for its smartphone. Because the iPhone is a closed system, Adobe would need Apple’s participation.

Flash is more than just a way to play streaming video and moving advertisements, it can be used to run whole applications. Apple is resisting anything that will enable the iPhone to run software it hasn’t approved.


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