The throw down: the gnashing teeth, the thump of the chest, the quivering aqueous vitreous diffused with pulsating veins. It's a glorious site, even when imagined upon the metaphorical face of Adobe. They are sick of Apple's App Store dominance. And they very definitely seem to be throwing down.
At this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Adobe announced that it would release the first full-fledged Flash player for smartphones by year's end... and Google, Microsoft, Palm and Nokia are all hopping on board. At the same time, Adobe said they were still not close to getting Flash on the iPhone.
At this point, that's pretty clearly not a technical challenge... Apple simply does not want to risk the financial success of the App Store, which largely serves up simple programs that could be ably rendered in Flash. Adobe's issuing a direct challenge to them: we have partners who say all their phones can run Flash, and we agree. That can only take some of the luster off the iPhone, especially as Apple's competition ponies up with real iPhone challenging devices with Flash pre-installed, like the Palm Pre.
I hope Apple changes its tune. It can only improve the standard of App Store fare while giving iPhone users more reason than ever to own one.