Adobe gives up on mobile Flash Player, but RIM hasn't yet
Adobe is dumping its efforts to build Flash Player plug-ins for Web browsers on tablets and smartphones and instead is focusing more on HTML5, but Research in Motion isn't ready to give up on mobile Flash just yet.
Dan Dodge, the president and chief executive of RIM-owned QNX (the company that built the QNX operating system, which is the basis for the upcoming BBX operating system for BlackBerry phones and tablets), said in a company blog post that RIM will go out on its own to make sure BlackBerry devices maintain Flash as a feature for its browsers.
"As an Adobe source code licensee, we will continue to work on and release our own implementations, and are looking forward to including Flash 11.1 for the BlackBerry PlayBook," Dodge said in his blog post.
Adobe isn't giving up on Flash altogether. The San Jose company said Wednesday that it will continue to to build Flash plug-ins for desktop browsers and maintain the technology as a tool to build apps that can be converted into native apps on mobile platforms using Adobe Air.
Dodge said that Adobe's decision to give up on its mobile Flash Player is actually a plus for RIM's products and that the move "further validates RIM's decision to launch the BlackBerry PlayBook with a full-powered and uncompromised desktop class browser supporting both Flash and HTML5."
-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Photo: Mike Lazaridis, co-Chief Executive of Research in Motion, speaks at the BlackBerry DevCon Americas conference in San Francisco on Oct. 18. Credit: Eric Risberg / Associated Press