Adobe: Screw Apple, Flash is the future

Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch has officially blamed Apple for the lack of Flash support on certain “magical” devices, including the overhyped iPad and wildly popular iPhone.

“We are ready to enable Flash in the browser on these devices if and when Apple chooses to allow that for its users, but to date we have not had the required cooperation from Apple to make this happen,” Lynch explained in an official blog post.

“[Nevertheless], we have shown that Flash technology is starting to work on these devices today by enabling standalone applications for the iPhone to be built on Flash. In fact, some of these apps are already available in the Apple App Store such as FickleBlox and Chroma Circuit. This same solution will work on the iPad as well.”

Lynch noted that Flash has been “incredibly successful” in its adoption, with over 85 percent of the top web sites containing Flash content and Flash running on over 98 percent of computers on the Web.

“It is used for the majority of casual games, video, and animation on the Web and familiar brands like Nike, Hulu, BBC, Major League Baseball, and more rely on Flash to deliver the most compelling experiences to over a billion people,” said Lynch. 

He added that Adobe was on the “verge” of delivering Flash Player 10.1 for smartphones with all “but one” of the top manufacturers.

“This includes Google’s Android, RIM’s Blackberry, Nokia, Palm Pre and many others across form factors including not only smartphones but also tablets, netbooks, and internet-connected TVs.

“Flash in the browser provides a competitive advantage to these devices because it will enable their customers to browse the whole Web. This is being accomplished via the Open Screen Project, where we are working with over 50 partners to make this a reality across a wide array of devices.”