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Adobe Flash Coming To Many Smartphones

Flash 10 will be coming to smartphones with Windows Mobile, Symbian, and webOS, but the iPhone and BlackBerry will have to wait.

In a move that could be a boon to developers and mobile content consumers, Adobe said it would be bringing the full version of Flash to multiple smartphones beginning next year.

Flash Player 10 is a near-ubiquitous Web technology that's utilized on popular Web sites like YouTube, but it's generally considered too resource-intensive for most mobile platforms. About 40% of phones ship with Flash Lite, but this version isn't as robust as the desktop version.

Adobe said it's working to bring the full-fledged version to handsets running Google's Android, Microsoft's Windows Mobile, Nokia's S60 on Symbian, and Palm's new WebOS. Adobe said Flash Player 10 is expected to be on smartphones in 2010.

"We're excited that our customers will benefit from the creativity and broad range of Flash content and applications created by the millions of designers and developers using Adobe's popular tools and technologies," Pam Deziel, Palm VP of software product management, said in a statement.

The move is part of Adobe's larger goal to create applications with a standard platform that can be used on desktops, mobile phones, and other consumer electronics devices. It has established the Open Screen Project to achieve this goal, and Nokia recently joined in creating a $10 million fund designed to help developers create Flash applications.

Apple's iPhone 3G and Research In Motion's BlackBerry are noticeably missing from the list of supported platforms. Adobe said it's working with both platforms, but it isn't far enough along to demonstrate anything. Apple's CEO Steve Jobs famously said Flash is currently not good enough for the iPhone.


As smartphones become equipped with more desktop-like capabilities, road warriors may soon be able to ditch their laptops. InformationWeek looked at how smartphones could potentially become replacements for laptops, and the report can be found here (registration required).

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