Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Apr 2010 22:37 UTC
Google Well, this was about as inevitable as Apple not losing a super-secret iPhone prototype: Google and Adobe have pretty much formed an alliance against the iPhone, in true the-enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend style. The agreement between the two companies is clearly a big middle finger towards Apple and the iPhone. Update: Apple has finally added a framework to Mac OS X that will enable accelerated Flash video content - something Adobe has been asking for. This should enable Adobe to greatly improve Flash video performance on Mac OS X. Anyone know about Linux?
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by kaiwai on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 01:20 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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By supporting Adobe Google implicitly weakens the argument for HTML5 video, HTM5 games etc. While Flash is prominent few - if any - companies will create dual standard solution because it's too costly.

Moreover, Adobe essentially remains in the innovation drivers seat because without Adobe's support for specific innovations developers cannot deploy them.

Adobe is trying to lock you into their platform. Apple is trying to lock you into theirs. Google, rather than championing an open platform is simply supporting whomever helps them gain leverage against the competition.


How so? 100% support Flash, HTML5 and if Microsoft provided a multiplatform plugin - Silverlight, then leave it up to the developers out there to decide the best tool for the job. It isn't up to Google or Adobe or Microsoft or Steve Jobs to dictate what technologies are and aren't used; it is left up to those in the driving seat making the decisions as to the suitable technology to use for that given project. For Google anything that makes using the internet smoother, more reliable, less frustrating, is a customer on the internet for longer and thus using their searching engine more. At the end of the day it is all about the bottom line, the more people are online the more they'll use Google's search in turn they make more money.

Also, here is an article that outlines the issue (which I noted on my blog) regarding Flash and Safari:

The issue isn't wholy in Adobe's court; when you take into consideration that part of the responsibility for Flash's performance woes are due to Apple's design for Safari, I hardly see it fitting blaming just one party. Adobe has finally made Flash 10.1 100% Cocoa and using Core Animation - the benefits of which only show when using the latest and greatest webkit - it is up to Apple to get these things included into Safari they ship.

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