Adobe’s CTO: We’re Working Hard to Improve Flash For Mac And Smartphones


Why Flash on iPhone is very much the need of the hour

Apple’s decision not to support Flash on the newly unveiled iPad has brought the company's war of words with Adobe back to the limelight.

BoomTown’s Kara Swisher interviewed Adobe’s Kevin Lynch, Chief Technical Officer to discuss about Flash and Apple’s decision not to support their technology in iPad as well as the iPhone.

Last week, Lynch had responded to Steve Jobs remarks that Flash was buggy in a blog post:

"I can tell you that we don't ship Flash with any known crash bugs, and if there was such a widespread problem historically Flash could not have achieved its wide use today."

Based on Lynch’s comments in the interview, it does look like Adobe is making a sincere effort to improve flash for Mac and smartphones. He had this to say:

“Well, there's a lot of Flash content on the Web, and so, right now about 85% of the top websites have Flash on their website. So if you want to view the whole Web, not having the ability to view Flash really is kind of limiting in terms of the experience on the devices, and so we're really focused on making sure that we can bring the ability to view Flash content and interact with it across all of these devices…I'm hopeful in the smartphone space, for example, that as people start to see that you can get a great experience with Flash in the smartphone, for example on Android, and Palm, and Nokia, and RIM, and these other devices, that will encourage others to adopt Flash as well on their devices.”

Adobe had announced Adobe Flash Player 10.1 will support almost all the available smartphone platforms – Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile, Blackberry, WebOS except for Apple’s iPhone. You can checkout the video of Flash 10.1 running on Motorola’s Droid taken at the Mobile World Congress 2010 today.

Lynch also talks about Flash Professional CS5 that will enable developers to port their flash applications to the iPhone and iPod Touch, which is achieved by bundling the Flash runtime into iPhone applications since it cannot be installed on the iPhone.

Developers seem to be eagerly waiting for it as Adobe has changed its plan of releasing a public beta of Flash Professional CS5, so that they can release the product as soon as possible.

You can checkout the entire interview below:

You can also checkout the demo of Wired’s tablet app developed with Adobe AIR to get an idea of why developers are eagerly waiting for Flash Professional CS5:

Wouldn’t it be great if Apple and Adobe worked together to bring Flash on the iPhone? But it seems to be wishful thinking.

Let us know your views in the comments.

[via BoomTown, Android Central]

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