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It could be in some form or other, if comments made by Adobe's Chief Technology Officer Kevin Lynch, prove to be true. According to Lynch, a full-featured version of Flash for mobile devices will arrive before year's end.
The ability for the iPhone to process Flash-based graphics, animation and movies could be a huge step for the devices. At this stage, there are a number of apps with the same level of interactivity as Flash. But any device that only sees the HTML side of the web is half as good as it needs to be. (At least until sites begin supporting HTML 5 and unified codecs, but that's another argument entirely.)
Lynch's comments were echoed by Ted Patrick, Adobe's Senior Manager of Developer Communities at a company event for analysts. As a whole, all of Adobe's comments, from their prediction of full-fledged Flash for iPhones (Apple depending, of course) to their embrace as a culture and a company to a partly crowd sourced model, were reasons to celebrate.
will Adobe Flash based applications eventually arrive on our iPhones,
taking more advantage of the accelerometer and location-based
functions, before year's end? Or will many online surfing adventures
continue to end in little cubical boxes alerting us to missing plug-ins?
Only time will tell, but this is a rumor making rounds with credible sources and the potential to be a real game changer. The App store might just be about to get even more interesting.