May 20 2010

Google Launches TV Service

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Google launched a new service today called Google TV in an attempt to expand beyond its usual area of business. At the launch, Google took a few jabs at Apple for not supporting Adobe Flash, saying, “It turns out on the Internet people use Flash.” The Google TV will use the next version of Flash.

But Google is not putting all its eggs in one basket: at its developer conference, it hosted a session for HTML5, the competitor to Flash that Apple’s Steve Jobs has embraced. Google has said it sees Adobe Flash and HTML5 coexisting (I personally do not agree with Google on this point).

Some have accused Google of being duplicitous, but I think that is an unfair accusation. Google is just trying to keep all its options open, which it ought to do, especially after the failure of its smartphone, Nexus One.

Via MarketWatch.

May 8 2010

Apple May Be Creating Flash Alternative

There has been quite a bit of tension between Apple and Adobe created by Steve Jobs’ dislike of Adobe Flash. Apple will not allow Flash support on its mobile devices and does not plan to anytime soon. According to some blogs, Apple is creating its own alternative to Flash, which certainly will not help Adobe-Apple relations.

The new technology is allegedly called Gianduia and was introduced last summer at a developer conference. It has been described as a way to make Internet apps.

Steve Jobs’ dislike of Flash is famous. He has condemned it in public many times, saying that it is unstable, does not support multitouch, presents security risks, and is the main reason that Macs crash. Though I have said that I would like to see Flash support on Apple’s mobile devices, I have to say that some of the problems I have had with my Mac have occurred when I was using Flash.

Via CBS News, image via Adobe.

May 3 2010

Mobile Browser Could Offer Flash Support

Browser maker Skyfire has recently released a mobile browser for Android that has pseudo-Flash support. It gives access to Flash videos by sending the content to cloud servers where the Flash is converted to HTML5 and then streamed back and is able to play on a mobile device.

Skyfire has said that it intends to make an iPhone version of the browser and submit it to the App Store. If the app is accepted, iPhone users will have Flash support for the first time ever. Apple has not allowed Flash support on its mobile devices so far and has said it does not intend to anytime soon.

Android is a lot more open to allowing Flash support, though users will have to wait for a firmware update later this year. Skyfire will help users who do not want to wait. The CEO of Skyfire has said that if Apple accepts his company’s app, then “Apple can get the best of both worlds.”

Via AfterDawn, image via Skyfire.

Apr 30 2010

Adobe To Give Employees Free Android Phones

In a move that is not surprising considering the animosity between Adobe and Apple, Adobe is planning to give away free Android-based phones to its employees, according to three sources familiar with the company. Adobe has also said that it plans to develop a version of Flash for the Android platform and show it off at the Google I/O conference.

No one is sure which phone Adobe employees will receive—there has been speculation that it will be a Nexus One or an HTC phone. The shift will not be mandatory, but it’s clear that Adobe and Google want to encourage Adobe employees to use Android and Flash Player as often as possible.

Google is known for giving away Android phones very generously. It is planning to give all Google I/O attendees a Motorola Droid or a Nexus One. Earlier this month, it gave audience members at a Google Apps event Nexus Ones.

It is also unclear whether just developers or all employees will get the free phones at Adobe.

Via CNET, image via CNET.

Apr 9 2010

Acrimony Between Adobe and Apple

The recent fight between Adobe and Apple has just escalated. Apple recently changed the licensing terms in its iPhone SDK to disallow developers from submitting applications that use cross-platform compilers. Adobe had planned to introduce such a cross-platform compiler this coming Monday.

As a result, Adobe employees are not happy. Lee Brimelow, an Adobe employee, wrote on his personal blog, “Go screw yourself Apple.” The move is the latest frustration for Adobe—its Flash has been banned from iPhones and iPads, Steve Jobs having told developers to use HTML5 instead.

The new licensing terms will affect other makers of cross-platform compilers, not just Adobe. Adobe was aware of Brimelow’s provocative blog post—there are sentences from it edited out on behalf of Adobe. Adobe has confirmed that Brimelow works at the company.

Via PC World, image via Adobe.

Mar 31 2010

Google Defies Apple by Supporting Flash

Apple famously does not support Adobe Flash on its mobile devices. Steve Jobs has spoken out against Flash (the man’s insistent resistance to giving us iPhone users Flash support drives me crazy) rather strongly in the past.

However, Apple is one of the only companies that harbors such a vendetta against Flash. Apple’s recent competitor, Google, has announced that it will support Flash by bundling Adobe Flash Player with downloads of its Google Chrome browser. Chrome is used by only five percent of Internet users, but Google is a big company that has a very large presence as a search engine and as an online advertiser, so its support will be important to Adobe.

A Google spokesperson said that Flash will be integrated seamlessly into Chrome and and “truly feel like a part of the browser.”

In contrast to Google’s support of Flash, Apple has expressed support of HTML 5, which allows users to view video content even if they do not have Flash installed.

Via Wired, image via Google.

Feb 5 2010

Adobe Defends Flash, Fights With Apple

In response to Steve Jobs’ jabs at Adobe Flash, Adobe’s chief technology officer Kevin Lynch has defended Flash and accused Apple of not wanting to cooperate with his company and add Flash support for the iPhone and iPad.

Lynch wrote in a blog entry expressing Adobe’s willingness to enable Flash for the browsers on the iPhone and iPad if Apple would be willing to cooperate. Jobs recently said that Apple is unwilling to have Flash support on its mobile devices because Flash is too buggy. Lynch disagrees, saying that Flash is not released with known crash bugs and it could not have achieved its popularity if it were as buggy as Jobs says it is.

Furthermore, Flash will be available on all major smartphones—with the exception of the iPhone. Flash support could give iPhone competitors an edge.

Lynch also said that he does not see HTML 5 replacing Flash, though Steve Jobs does. 75 percent of video on the Internet uses Flash.

Though I do love Apple and Apple products, I agree with Adobe on this. The iPhone’s biggest flaw, in my opinion, is its lack of Flash support.

Via PC World, image via Adobe.

Feb 1 2010

It’s Official: No Flash on the iPad

The offending image that had our hopes up for iPad Flash support

One of my initial complaints about Apple’s upcoming iPad was its lack of Adobe Flash support (the iPhone is the same way and it drives me crazy). This past Friday, I was excited because of reports that said Apple’s website had information about the iPad that implied the new device would have Flash.

Unfortunately, this was too good to be true. Over the weekend, Apple updated its website and removed an image and a video that implied Flash support on the iPad. The photo showed a Flash-only image of a beach in Montenegro, but now shows an article about the 1,300th anniversary of Nara, Japan. The video showed a Flash-powered video player loading properly, but this has been amended. When Steve Jobs showed off the iPad on Wednesday, Flash did not load during his demonstration.

Apple has determinedly rejected Adobe Flash, advising developers to use CSS, JavaScript, and CSS instead. Apple has also supported HTML 5.

Via AppleInsider, image via Apple.

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