Adobe still in denial about Flash and Apple


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Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen claims there will be 130 million smartphone devices running Flash by the end of 2011. Maybe - but what about performance and power drain?

Indeed, as Walt Mossberg of All Things D told Narayen during a recent interview at the D9 conference, he has "yet to test a single one where Flash works really well."

Narayen, however, seemed completely unperturbed by Mossberg's skepticism, emphasizing Adobe and Apple were "absolutely" done arguing about the lack of Flash on iOS devices.

The outspoken CEO went on to compare himself to a "kid in a candy shop," as he is currently working closely with companies designing non-iPad tablets, which, yes, are capable of running Flash with reckless abandon.

"There is more power on these devices now than when we delivered Photoshop on a PC several years ago," he said.

"We are clearly betting on these devices not just being consumption devices but also productivity devices for our community... There will be another 20 tablets that will come by the end of the year that will push the industry in different directions."

Narayen emphasized he was putting his money on Android tablets rather than the iPad, predicting Google's popular mobile operating system would eventually outpace Apple's iOS.

"What you saw with smartphones hitting an inflection point with Android, you'll see it again with tablets. 

I think the community is vibrant [and] I'm really excited," he added.

[Via AllThingsD and AppleInsider]

Source: Adobe still in denial about Flash and Apple | TG Daily


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Apple and Adobe have a strained past, at least in recent years. When the iPad first launched, one of the biggest arguments against it was its inability to play back Flash content of any kind. For years, and even now, Flash content was huge on the Web, and many suggested that Apple's refusal to support it would lead to tons of negativity surrounding iOS. Turns out, that hasn't really been the case. Things have been shifting over to HTML5 in a big way, which iOS supports. So now that it's not so necessary, how are things between Apple and Adobe? Let's listen to Adobe's CEO.

The company's top executive, Shantanu Narayen, recently stated that the tiff between the two firms is over. His quote: "It’s an argument that the press likes to continue bringing up. It’s control over the app store that’s at issue here. We allow people to author once and get as wide a distribution as possible….If you build in Flash, you can run the apps on other platforms. If you can build an app using our tools, and if you run it through AIR, it can be in the App Store."

That's a good point. AIR proves to be a great workaround for those who still prefer to use Flash, and there's nothing like a good workaround to settle an argument. We're still of the belief that not all is well between the two, but at least they're evidently on speaking terms. No room for bickering, guys!

Source: Adobe CEO Says Apple/Flash Battle Is Over - HotHardware

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