Android may force Apple to lift Adobe Flash ban

Adobe’s Flash seems to still be fighting the ban on iOS devices. Even though Apple CEO Steve Jobs has enforced this ban, people in the community have continued to fight for it to be allowed. Apple did update its iPhone Developer Program License Agreement in March 2010 so that it no longer is restricted in the way you can develop apps for iOS devices (allowing Flash to be used this way), but there are still some who want the Flash Player allowed.

However, with the increasing number of Andorid-powered devices, which do allow Flash, it is suggested this may become an issue.

According to data from Ovum’s Smartphone Capability Analyzer Update 3Q10, Apple will come under increasing pressure to reverse its Adobe Flash ban as support for the technology grows among other smartphone platforms. Their findings show that the first six devices which support Flash 10.1 arrived in Q3 and the analyst expects this number to grow rapidly in the future. The idea behind their research is to monitor the evolving capabilities of smartphones due to this being such a fast-moving market.

The research gathered shows that Flash 10.1 support will grow across the smartphone market, which could lead to pressure from developers and users for Apple to support the technology on its iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices.

Nick Dillon, Ovum analyst, said: “With support for Flash 10.1 growing, users will become accustomed to a similar web browsing experience on both mobile and desktop devices; this will ultimately impact the attractiveness of Apple’s proposition.”

“Flash certainly looks to be gaining ground with device vendors and Apple may need to re-evaluate its position if its dominance is threatened as a result.”

He added: “In addition to garnering support for Flash 10, Adobe has launched its own app distribution service for Flash and AIR applications. InMarket will help developers to sell their apps across various devices. This is clearly a big draw for developers and will threaten the dominance of platform vendors in the mobile apps market.”

I can understand what they are saying, but I don’t have Flash on my devices and haven’t had it for 2 years now, and I really don’t want it. I don’t miss it and I don’t care if  I ever get it on my device. After all the news surfacing about the security issues and the zap of battery life, I just don’t want it. Sorry Adobe.

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