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Jobs Says Adobe’s Mobile Flash Player is for the Birds

A bit of light may have just been shed this past Tuesday in terms of why the mobile Safari browser isn’t Flash-friendly, and might not be any time soon. The reason? El Jobso no le gusta. According to Jobs’ comments on Tuesday, the current mobile Flash Player just isn’t good enough for Safari Mobile. Adobe’s more robust player designed for use on larger devices would be adequate according to the Apple CEO, but because it’s designed for laptops and not mobiles it runs too slowly on Apple’s iPhone / iPod Touch. Of course other mobile browsers have no problem implementing the latest mobile Flash Player and displaying in-line FLV content (cough, cough), but apparently Safari is just too cool for school. This news will leave many a developer disappointed come tomorrow when many expected Apple to announce upcoming Flash support along with the OS X mobile SDK. No such luck it would appear. Of course it’s no secret that Adobe and Apple aren’t exactly best of friends; the relationship between the two companies has been rocky at best in recent years. While business sense continually helps them meet on common ground eventually, they certainly won’t be sitting down for tea and crumpets any time soon. The bottom line is this: Apple customers want Flash on the iPhone / iPod Touch. Developers want Flash on the iPhone / iPod Touch. There’s plenty of money to be made and as such, we can expect Apple and Adobe to work this issue out.


Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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