Another day, another delay. Recently, Fox Business News sat down with Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen to talk about their new Creative Suite 5 and the controversy regarding Apple excluding Flash from their recent software updates when he let slip that a mobile version of Flash on a variety of platforms, including Android, will be available in the second half of the year.
You can find full video here, but I've excerpted the juicy bits below:
We have a number of excited partners who are working aggressively with us to bring Flash to their devices whether they be smartphones, as well as handsets, and so companies like Google and RIM and Palm are going to be releasing Flash on smartphones and tablets in the second half of the year.
While this news shouldn't hit the Android handset market too hard, it may have quite a different impact on the burgeoning Android tablet market which has been touting the [eventual] ability for their devices to run Flash as a competitive advantage over the iPad.
Granted, the lack of Flash availability hasn't stopped tablets like the wePad from moving forward, but we know of at least one high profile, highly anticipated device that has been delayed until Flash is stable - the Notion Ink Adam. In a post on their official company blog, Notion Ink founder and CEO Rohan Shravan had this to say:
So, are the stories of product delays true? To be frank, I can’t say about other companies. But we want to go ahead only with Flash availability. As soon as the stable Flash is there, there will be two months of testing and we will hit the stores.
Even if, in the best case scenario, the second half of 2010 meant June 1st, companies will still need time to tweak and test Flash on their individual devices, and at least in the case of Notion Ink, that means we wouldn't see it until around Thanksgiving 2010.