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Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch
So long, farewell! Adobe cuts its losses and moves on to other mobile platforms

Well, it looks like it's the end of the road for any hopes of Adobe Flash on Apple's iPhone OS-based devices (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad). Although Steve Jobs has long since put his foot down regarding the matter, Adobe still held out hope that Jobs would change his mind.

However, those hopes were dashed earlier this month when Apple's iPhone OS 4.0 SDK banned the use of unapproved programming languages (including Adobe Flash). The move by Apple prompted some rather colorful language from Adobe Platform Evangelist Lee Brimelow.

Steve Jobs poured more salt on the wounds yesterday with an open letter that basically said that Adobe Flash's time has come and gone. "Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs," said Jobs "But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short."

It appears that Adobe has gotten the hint, and is now officially dropping its plans to push Flash Player onto the iPhone OS platform. Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch posted a response to Steve Jobs' rant -- Adobe's President and CEO made comments as well -- and still feels that Adobe could provide a "terrific experience" on the iPhone and iPad. However, the writing is on the wall and Lynch says that Adobe is shifting its energies to other mobile platforms.

“We have already decided to shift our focus away from Apple devices for both Flash Player and AIR," said Lynch. "We are working to bring Flash Player and AIR to all the other major participants in the mobile ecosystem, including Google, RIM, Palm (soon to be HP), Microsoft, Nokia and others.”

Lynch also said that there will be a public preview of Flash Player 10.1 for Android devices in May and that a full release will come the following month.

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RE: No lesser
By Spuke on 4/30/2010 10:09:37 AM , Rating: 2
Sounds like user error. My browser (Firefox) never crashes due to Flash. It used to crash due to Quicktime (developed by Apple) though. I stopped using that add-in.
Emphasis on the word USER . I've NEVER had my browser crash on Flash. If yours is crashing that much and you can't fix it (LOL!), then you need to turn in your nerd pass.

RE: No lesser
By Luticus on 4/30/2010 10:41:55 AM , Rating: 2
Actually in Linux (debian) both Firefox and Konquerer (webkit like Safari) crash using flash on youtube for me which is why i switched to opera in Linux and after that I've had no problems.

In Windows I have no trouble at all with any browser (IE, FF, Opera), though I've never tried it on Safari (I refuse to touch it) and I've never tried it in a Mac environment as I don't use Mac's to surf the web.

Perhaps the browser in a Linux/Unix based environment may have something to do with it?

RE: No lesser
By B3an on 4/30/2010 2:15:23 PM , Rating: 2
Same, no problems with Flash and i'm always working with it.

But the guys obviously not very smart. For instance "since Macs can't get viruses."

I hope that was a joke.

RE: No lesser
By ArenaNinja on 4/30/2010 6:09:57 PM , Rating: 2
B3an, it was a joke. It's the irony of it... maybe I went on a curve too far for you guys?

And I don't see what I could be doing wrong, since (literally) one click to open a new tab from my Yahoo! homepage, and bam! IE crashes. This has been happening on a fresh Win 7 x64 install. Actually, I installed on another HDD just to test out, and got the same results.

So yeah, tell me how it's my fault.

RE: No lesser
By Reclaimer77 on 4/30/2010 6:48:38 PM , Rating: 2
And I don't see what I could be doing wrong, since (literally) one click to open a new tab from my Yahoo! homepage, and bam! IE crashes.

lmao and you REALLY think this is the norm for most people? Dude, read my lips, YOU HAVE THE PROBLEM. It's YOU.

RE: No lesser
By Alexstarfire on 4/30/2010 7:17:36 PM , Rating: 2
IE sucks?

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