Adobe ditches iPhone, Bets on Android

adobe androidAfter a serial no. of misfortunate events,  Adobe has officially giving up on Apple. To be precise, Apple gave up on Adobe and Adobe is just now admitting it. Adobe has big plans for iPhone development through their Flash builder tool (Flash to iPhone packager) that would allow developers to develop application on any platform and then submit to App Store.

Days before  Creative Suite 5 CS5 was to be annoucned, Apple crippled it by closing cross-compilations and restricting it to iPhone SDK with the upcoming iPhone OS 4.0. Steve Jobs claims that Native APIs are the best thing, we don’t want to compromise the quality of iPhone applications slapping every Flash developer in the world. The official announcement highlights the how  high have the conflicts risen between these two companies, initially kicked off by Apple’s decision to not allow Flash on their mobile devices, a line up which includes iPhone, iPod Touch and now, the iPad. Why? Apple calls Flash “Buggy”, and unstable on it’s OS line-up.

Leaving iPhone: Does it Matter for Adobe?

They are definitely more angry than concerned. One of the developers at adobe quoted: “Apple Slaps Developers in the Face.” Though this is not the official word from the company, the feel is very similar.

Android & Adobe, the Future

Adobe would not fight back (and they can’t) so they are betting on the world’s 2nd best Mobile Operating system: Android. Sure, why not! The openness one would see in Android is pleasing and whoopingly attractive. As Adobe officials claim:

“Android-based phones have been doing well, and it’s the understatement of the year. The truth is, the platform is growing like crazy. Only months ago, we were reporting the market share doubling for Android, plus how Android’s Marketplace is rapidly becoming one of the fastest-growing app stores around and, more recently, the insane levels of growth in new Android apps with over 9,000 added in March alone.”

Adobe is now working with Google to bring Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2.0 Android-based devices. The company plans to have Flash 10.1 ready for Android (and also Palm and RIM) by the end of the first half of 2010. (June-July) They have been betting on Android, like 100s of others partners. Will Android eventually take the lead because of it’s openness? We’ll have to wait for a year before the market takes a twist.

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