Adobe Flash On Droid Moving Forward and Response To Steve Jobs

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By now everyone in the tech world has heard about the Apple and Flsah Saga. It didnt start with with what just happened when Adobe Stopped Developing On IPhones because Apple changed the license. This Soap Oprah is between all the neighbors in Silicon Valley who argue about geeky things. We use that term because we are not engineers. The fighting among these companies have huge impacts on the rest of us though. The decission they make impact all of us. Again it has been going on since Steve Jobs took off his sandles.

It was very surprising when Steve Jobs issued his letter "Thoughts On Flash". It is understandable the man would be upset when Adobe spun the issue to make sound like Apple was the bad guy. This obviously put Steve Jobs on the offensive. He makes many valid points too, but could have been more tactful we think.
One of Jobs painful jabs: "Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short."

"Flash was designed for PCs using mice, not for touch screens using fingers. For example, many Flash websites rely on “rollovers”, which pop up menus or other elements when the mouse arrow hovers over a specific spot. Apple’s revolutionary multi-touch interface doesn’t use a mouse, and there is no concept of a rollover. Most Flash websites will need to be rewritten to support touch-based devices. If developers need to rewrite their Flash websites, why not use modern technologies like HTML5, CSS and JavaScript?

Even if iPhones, iPods and iPads ran Flash, it would not solve the problem that most Flash websites need to be rewritten to support touch-based devices"

Adobe has responded to this indirectly in a blog post about touch.
"Everyone who actually programs in Flash knows that there is now full multi-touch and gesture support available. Unfortunately, some people still like to make claims to the contrary in an effort to make Flash appear behind the times. It is fortunately very easy to prove them wrong. Below is a great example built by StruckAxiom that showcases the new APIs that we have made available in Flash Player 10.1." Sorry to those on a mobile device who can't see the Vimeo video. Below is a YouTube video for developers thats shows Flash on a iPhone.

Droid users can be confident that flash mobile 10.1 release date of Summer 2010. Adobe is moving forward with getting Flash to Users ASAP. Beta testing is on going and now You can sign up to be notified when the first public betas of both Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2.0 are available. Adobe just started the private betas and moving fast to get these technologies into Droid Users hands as soon as possible. There are going to be so many interesting things that you will be able to do on Android and there are also going to be many new skills that developers will need to learn, especially if you are new to mobile design. One thing that will help app developers tremendously is to learn more about optimizing content for mobile devices. There are separate sign-up pages for Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2.0 so go on over and get registered. Adobe give any information about the specific dates for the betas. SourceAdobe Blog Post May 01st 2010

You can also watch a demo of Flash 10.1 On Motorola Droid

Need more proof that touch works with flash for mobile.Adobe has also released some developer YouTube Videos about touch app development.


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