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Perhaps company was visited by a very early Christmas ghost -- or more likely is desperate to beat Android

Apple gave its iOS developers some shocking news today -- it was reallowing ports using third-party tools, including ports of Flash apps.  The company writes:

We are continually trying to make the App Store even better. We have listened to our developers and taken much of their feedback to heart. Based on their input, today we are making some important changes to our iOS Developer Program license in sections 3.3.1, 3.3.2 and 3.3.9 to relax some restrictions we put in place earlier this year.
In particular, we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code. This should give developers the flexibility they want, while preserving the security we need.
In addition, for the first time we are publishing the App Store Review Guidelines to help developers understand how we review submitted apps. We hope it will make us more transparent and help our developers create even more successful apps for the App Store.

That announcement seems particularly amazing given that in April Apple CEO Steve Jobs responded to one disgruntled developer's accusations that he was playing Scrooge, commenting, "We’ve been there before, and intermediate layers between the platform and the developer ultimately produces sub-standard apps and hinders the progress of the platform."

This about-face comes after news hit that Google's Android had passed the iPhone in U.S. market share.  Other recent studies have also confirmed that Apple's smartphone market share is in a downward slide while Android is surging upwards.  Apple has denied that this is happening.

We are awaiting comment from Adobe about whether this means that the converter to port Flash apps to Objective C code will now be restored to the Creative Suite.

Even though Apple is once again being generous with the tools developers use, it's unlikely that opens its tightly closed gates to Flash itself.

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RE: You have to laugh....
By amanojaku on 9/9/2010 3:10:18 PM , Rating: 2
So what's your point? Google promised to offer an open phone platform, and it did. Just like how Linux is an open source OS. And, just like (Red Hat, SUSE, Ubuntu, etc...) Linux, carriers are free to modify the OS however they see fit. So Verizon decides to be a douche and lock out certain features that Google made available. Just don't buy it from Verizon. Better yet, sue the bastards and see if it sticks.

RE: You have to laugh....
By Tony Swash on 9/9/2010 5:32:41 PM , Rating: 1
So what's your point?

Its just amusing to see a plan come together - or in this case not come together :)

The sole reason Google did Android was to avoid being shut out of the new mobile space. They thought the biggest threat came from Apple - the poor fools. Its the carriers.

They make a free get out of jail card for all those "couldn't innovate their way out of a paper bag" handset makers and hand the whole thing to the carriers with no strings. And then, guess what, it turns out to be not such a great way to protect themselves after all. Oh well, better luck with plan B.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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