Adobe Making Progress Bringing Flash to Some Smartphones — But Not All

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Adobe Systems sees getting Flash support onto smartphones as a top priority, and it’s making progress in some areas. It’s being stymied in others though.

A Flash player is on virtually all desktop PCs, but this technology has only been slowly creeping onto smartphones. Devices without it aren’t be able to easily view many web sites, as these depend on Flash for navigation. In addition, popular sites like Hulu, Fox on Demand, and NBC.com require a high-performance Flash player to view their videos.

Adobe is trying to bring Flash to mobile devices. “Smart phones are where the game is now,” is what Kevin Lynch, the company’s chief technology officer, told the Wall Street Journal this week.

Progress is being made: a beta version version of a Flash player for Google’s Android, Palm’s webOS, and Nokia Symbian S60 will be released later this year.

The outlook is less rosy for two of the biggest mobile platforms, though.  Adobe does not know when versions of Flash will be available for Apple’s iPhone or RIM’s BlackBerry models.

Apple has been resistant to putting this technology on its smartphones, as the full version will allow users to run applications — generally games — that Apple hasn’t approved.

No More Flash Lite
Some Nokia models already have a scaled back version of this software called Flash Lite, but the one coming later this year will have far more functionality.

Outside of Nokia, Flash Lite has never gained much traction, and Adobe has decided to give up on it. That’s why the upcoming version will offer smartphone users access to the same features available on PCs.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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