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Adobe Splits Hairs About Flash 10.1 for BlackBerry Delay

IMG_1868I have to say this is no surprise. Apple has been making a point of trying to kill Adobe’s Flash technology on their devices but RIM seems to be welcoming it. I am still not sure how Flash will work on my already aging BlackBerry OS when it kills my dual core 2.4Ghz laptop. Still it might just open the door for decent video streaming for BlackBerry.

The web was going crazy yesterday when Adobe’s CEO came out on an interview with Fox Business (Video Link) stating that Flash for Android, BlackBerry, & WebOS would be delayed from the first half of 2010 to the second half of 2010. Anybody surprised?

Now we are hearing a different story from PhoneScoop. Adobe is now saying their CEO was misinterpreted. Their spokesperson Stefan Offermann is now saying that "Adobe is still on track making Flash Player 10.1 for first mobile platforms including Android available before the end of the first half of 2010." What their CEO meant to say was that once Adobe makes Flash 10.1 available to RIM and other device makers it will take them time to integrate it into their devices.

So in short it is delayed but Adobe is splitting hairs… They promised us that General Availability for BlackBerry would be by the first half of 2010. Releasing it to device manufacturers does not count in my book!

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  1. Looks promising. Any ideas if the Storm 1 will be able to take advantage of this OS?

  2. Sorry – the previous post should was for another article…

  3. No, the interview on Fox Business News took place last week. Here’s the quote in question:
    “We have a number of excited partners who are working aggressively with us to bring Flash to their devices, whether they be smartphones as well as handsets, and so companies like Google or RIM or Palm are going to be releasing versions of Flash on smartphones and tablets in the second half of the year.”

    It was the Apple rags, particularly Apple Insider, which tried to turn this into a schedule-change announcement. The pathetic thing is that so many weblogs followed their headlines, not even looking at the quote (much less confirming it) themselves.

    There was no news. You just got played from reading blogs uncritically. That’s a pretty hard problem for other people to fix…! 😉

    jd/adobe

    • Hi John so flash for BlackBerry IS coming in the second half of 2010 even though it was promised for the first half? How is that not a schedule change?
      Now I am really confused…

      • Sorry for the delay, Ronen! Blackberry’s announcements are theirs to make, and I don’t know of any specific schedules they’ve announced yet myself. The software itself is still on its previous schedule, and as Shantanu said, “companies like” these big mobile providers are expected to be including it with their hardware soon after.

        jd/adobe

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