Adobe Delays Launch Of Mobile Flash 10.1 Player

Adobe Systems, the software maker behind the Flash online multimedia platform, has hinted that the company's much awaited Flash 10.1 with mobile support for Android, BlackBerry and webOS smartphones, will be launched in the second half of 2010 as the product is still undergoing some testing.

Shantanu Narayen, the Chief Executive Officer at Adobe Systems, announcing the launch of the Creative Suite Version 5, said that the software set will be delayed yet again because it is being tested on tablets running on Android OS and webOS.

According to the CEO, the Flash-enabled tablets will be unveiled along with the launch of the Flash 10.1 platform.

When questioned about the ongoing war with Apple Inc., Narayen said that Apple's decision to ban Flash from its products is merely a business decision and not a technological one.

He said that the iPod maker's decisions will only 'hurt' the customers, who won't be able to exploit the capabilities of their iPads due to the absence of Flash.

Adobe's Flash 10.1 is being promoted as the one which will bring of Flash's desktop capabilities to smartphone devices, which include devices running on Android OS, webOS, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Symbian.

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Meanwhile, the Flash 10.1 platform will not support iPhone and iPad as Apple believes that there is not point in "wasting energy on old technology." There have been rumours in the past few days that Adobe will be suing Apple over attempted plans by the latter to block Flash.

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