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Even When RIM Does Something Right They Still Get Hammered for it… (Adobe Flash)


I have been having a field day reading all of the articles readers have sent in today about Adobe getting out of the mobile browser Flash game. Read some of the titles and you will see what I mean:

All of these bloggers are harping on the fact that RIM immediately reassured Flash developers who have spent time developing for QNX and the PlayBook that they would not be left in the cold. Andry Gryc from QNX nicely points out that these bloggers seem to have missed what Adobe and RIM actually said. Adobe essentially said that it will be no longer developing Flash plugins for mobile devices for use in their browsers including Android and the PlayBook while still pushing Adobe AIR as a way to package mobile apps. What RIM responded is that they are not going to suddenly dump all of their Flash developers in the cold.

This essentially means that Flash on mobile will continue to be useful since Adobe admits that they are going to continue pushing it for desktops. That means if you want to browse on your tablet just like you do on your desktop you will need some sort of Flash. HTML5 is a strong promise and RIM CLEARLY states that:

We are excited to see Adobe focusing their efforts on HTML5, and on bringing their world class development and design expertise to HTML5 and mobile. As many of you noted, at BlackBerry DevCon Americas this year we strongly emphasized HTML5 development, and all of our platforms include best-in-breed HTML5 browsing capability, based on the WebKit engine. We believe that HTML5 is the future of mobile, and are delighted to be aligned with Adobe on this.

RIM has invested a ton of effort in HTML5 and it is a key building block of BBX. RIM is just saying that Flash will continue to be supported in its current form. All of the future improvements Adobe has planned for Flash in v12 are not intended for mobile devices. On top of that there is the Adobe AIR side of Flash that Adobe clearly says they are going to continue driving:

Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores.  We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook.  We will of course continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations.  We will also allow our source code licensees to continue working on and release their own implementations.

So are these bloggers just taking a cheap shot at RIM for essentially supporting developers and saying the same thing as Adobe? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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  1. lol, and if RIM dumped flash, they’d be ALL over that as well!

    I’m happy with RIMs decision.

  2. It is not like RIM is really going out of their way to continue to support flash. All of the work of putting flash onto the browser is already done. Continuing to support bug fixes and security updates is just common sense, and takes very minimal effort.

    You can criticize RIM’s actions a year ago for making a big deal out of supporting a feature that honestly no one cares about. But at this point why should RIM remove a feature from its browser without any good reason to do so? If having flash support really annoys you that much, you can just disable it.

  3. Yeh its insane… The biggest complain with iPad is flash.. here RIM promises to keep flash on the PlayBook which works great.. all the blogs are hammering RIM. Wow.

  4. they’ll never do anything right in the eyes of the media

  5. Amen… I’m sick and tired of the damned RIM bashing… The iLemmings are annoying… Just wait and see what they say when OS 2 finally arrives and the Colt is finally released… Its going to be the best phone on the market and all you’ll hear is “Day late? Dollar short?” Comments all over the place… QNX is going to be the biggest power player around… These morons just don’t know it yet

  6. I’m more worried about AIR 4.0. Will that be for the desktop only? The GUI on the PlayBook is built with Flash, so if Adobe doesn’t release new code, then RIM will have to transition to Cascade and that will be another transition to go through…

    And out of all those articles, I find the ones saying that Jobs won to be the most pathetic. He didn’t win anything. If anything, he lost:
    -The world is slowly transitioning to HTML5 video, we’re not there yet
    -Tons of apps made with Flash are released in the Apple app store
    – All he succeeded to do was to alienate some of its user base due to his totalitarian style of management. What’s the point of blocking a technology that people use on a daily basis?

  7. RIM could have phrased their message to head off these types of comments. “Today Adobe announced the end of Flash mobile development. While Adobe moves their focus to HTML5, Flash will continue to be around for some time. We at RIM will continue to provide Flash support on our devices during this transition period, to continue to give our customers a seamless web experience.”

    • I disagree. Only morons didn’t get the big picture.

      Its not like all of a sudden all the Flash apps suddenly go dark lol

      It just means that there will be no more refinement or advancement of the system.

      It will take YEARS before Flash is gone

  8. @Ayekon – While I’d love to see BBX actually be something relevant, I have my doubts. RIM has shown a history for showing up late to the party and rarely making revolutionary leaps. RIM has been caught on their heels numerous times by the competition. Hell with the iPhone they scoffed and didn’t even believe it was possible to achieve what Apple managed in that handset.

    Supporting Flash is a bad business move, plain and simple. It may take years to happen, but Flash is going to die. This is Adobe’s first steps on their way to burying the product themselves and moving another direction. Hell even Microsoft is moving towards HTML5 with Windows 8 and they have their own proprietary Flash competitor Silverlight.

  9. Is Flash part of the browser? So RIM BB browser doesn’t have it but maybe Opera does?

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