Flash on BlackBerry devices has been an enigma that RIM has yet to truly explain. It has been almost a year and a half now since Jim Balsillie promised that Flash is making its way onto BlackBerry smartphones. While the BlackBerry Tablet OS based on QNX for the PlayBook includes Flash we have yet to hear a peep on when/if it will ever hit the smartphones.
Now that we know the next BlackBerry smartphone OS is v6.1 this makes me wonder if 6.1 will finally bring Flash support for BlackBerrys. While I am currently on the fence on how well Flash will work on already underpowered BlackBerrys but maybe these processor refreshes coming with OS 6.1 devices will do the trick. On the other hand RIM has been touting WebWorks as the only way to develop cross platform apps for both the PlayBook and BlackBerry Smartphones. If Flash were to come out for BlackBerry smartphones then we would have yet another cross platform app solution for both devices.
All in all it could lead to some interesting developments in 2011. I am not looking for current desktop Flash websites to work but I think bringing Flash video along with another development environment to the smartphones allows for more expansion in the app marketplace.
What do you think? Will OS 6.1 mark the coming of Flash? Will it ever be released?