Flash on iPhone?

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2008-02-26 Print this article Print

In response to a question about whether Adobe will be making Flash available for the Apple's iPhone, Shantanu Narayen, Adobe's president and CEO, said that "the goal is to make sure we look at providing Flash and AIR across all devices. Our goal is AIR everywhere. We have 450 million devices shipping with Flash."

In the end, Narayen said, "You'll have to ask Apple" about Flash on the iPhone.

Lynch said Adobe has been working to deliver AIR on the small screen for various devices.

"The design center of what we build is going to shift to being mobile first over the next few years," Lynch said. "That's pretty liberating. We'll design for the small screen knowing that we can make things bigger. If you design small, it's a lot easier to make it bigger. You could have the same AIR application on a device and on the desktop, or even stretched for larger screens. That's something we're looking to enable-to broaden the mobile and PC and other worlds."

Lynch also addressed the issue of security and AIR.

"Security was obviously a really big focus with AIR, so we have a system where the components are signed," he said. "We have a trust model."

In addition, he said, Adobe has a research project in place to see how different languages can run on top of the Flash player. The project currently has C and C++ running on top of Flash, he said.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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