Flash on Android and Blackberry, Not iPhone
This week in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress 2010, Adobe announced that mobile applications will be able to be exported to Flash via Adobe AIR on Google's Android operating system; RIM Blackberry is in sight and more are following.
There has long been resistance from Apple allowing Flash on iPhone. They point out general flaws with Flash on the desktop experience, among them are slower performance and security flaws in the popular rich media platform. The greater conflict would be the threat to Apple's profits from the App Store if Flash is allowed on iPhones, iPods and iPads.
This could benefit developers as they would only have to create their app once, then deploy it to many mobile platforms. This could also benefit users, as websites like YouTube, which use Flash to deliver streaming online videos, interactive sites, and gaming sites will be accessible.
Another plus, these apps will be able to run outside the web browser as native apps to the phones taking advantage of things like gesture inputs, geo-location, the phone's accelerometer, multi-touch, and screen orientation.
During the conference, Adobe demoed the use of Flash on Motorola DROID and Google Nexus One phones. Expect general availability in the first half of this year.