Adobe launches Flash for mobiles
The Adobe-Apple war has escalated, with the former releasing a version of Flash for Android devices and boasting that the fracas is not harming its ability to turn a profit.
Adobe launched Flash Player 10.1 for Mobile yesterday, which will be available first on the Android OS.
The latest version has been designed with performance on mobile devices in mind. It will be available as a final production release on the upcoming Android 2.2 “Froyo” OS, which will be used in smartphones from Dell, Google, HTC, Motorola, and Samsung.
Adobe hopes to attract interest from handset makers using the BlackBerry and webOS platforms, and those deploying future versions of Windows Phone, LiMO, MeeGo, and Symbian OSes.
The firm is keen to prove Flash works well on mobile phones, after Apple CEO Steve Jobs claimed it was too buggy and power-hungry to be effective on mobile devices.
Jobs’ comments have sparked a war-of-words between Apple and Adobe, however the Flash developer claims the battle has had little impact on its finances with strong sales of its Creative Suite 5 software boosting 2Q earnings 18% to $148.6 million (€121) and revenue 34% to $943 million.
Chief Executive Shantanu Narayen said the figures prove the firm has “not really seen any impact,” from the Apple battle, and predicted revenue could hit $1 billion during 3Q, Reuters reports.