Adobe tells developers to develop for Android

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Battle of the big-A's

The whole Apple-Adobe war that’s been raging on has now come to a close. Adobe have told their Flash developers to concentrate their efforts on Android and leave Apple’s iPhone in the bin. Here is a quote from an unknown source:

We suggest you concentrate your efforts on the Android platform and leave Apple’s iPhone in the bin

OK so I just made that up but you get the idea.

This can only mean good things for Android. Flash, although Apple don’t want to admit it, plays a bit part on many websites (especially game websites) so the fact.

Apple have always been a bit funny about Flash on all of their devices.

Here is an actual quote form Principal Project Manager at Flash, Mike Chambers:

“We will still be shipping the ability to target the iPhone and iPad in Flash CS5. However, we are not currently planning any additional investments in that feature,” Mike says. In the post, he also criticizes Apple’s treatment of developers. “If you want to develop for the iPhone you have to be prepared for Apple to reject or restrict your development at anytime, and for seemingly any reason.”

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5 Responses to “Adobe tells developers to develop for Android”

  1. Si Says:

    I hate flash, it’s good for videos and (some) games, but for everything else it’s a waste of space.

    Flash is nice to have but I partily agree with Apple on some points (granted I don’t like Apple as a whole, same for Adobe). HTML5 has been to slow (I would have rather seen an xhtml version to directly decode video), if HTML5 had a kick up the butt earlier this wouldn’t be an issue.

    Granted the x264 licensing issue is a big PITA, not that it’s a requirement for video (just like img could be jpg, gif, png etc), but youtube’s entire stock is held in 264 😦

    Anyway, regardless of if I want it… it’s good news that Android gets a bit more priority over Apple… even though flash will become even more bloated as time goes on…

  2. Jon Says:

    Exactly; HTML5 is not a standard yet so the fact Apple are so quick to jump on-board and seemingly force (I know they haven’t really) webmasters to re-code their websites is a bit unfair.

    I like Apple as next as the next – hey I’m writing this on a MacBook Pro – but they do seem to bully their way through life.

    But back to the point, it’s still good news 😉

  3. Si Says:

    No one is forcing you, considering flash isn’t a standard either 😉

    If anything, embedding flash is a standards nightmare. The Google code to help embed it (SWFObject) just does it in Javascript after any validation, thus the page is still invalid.

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