Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 6th May 2010 07:54 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems In 2009 ARM showed off prototype netbooks "capable of driving HD content, can surf the web for 8 hours, and will cost round and about 250 USD". Yet still, none have made it to the market. Why do you think this is so? Because ARM signed a deal with Adobe in 2008 to bring Flash and AIR to the ARM architecture, a promise they will finally deliver later this year. And you wonder why Apple won't have Flash on the iPhone when it can hold back an entire product category for two years.
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Adobe and ARM
by henderson101 on Thu 6th May 2010 10:58 UTC
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2006-05-30

The problem I have with all of this - there has been a version of Flash 9 on the Nokia Maemo platform for about as long as Flash 9 has been available. It ran very, very slowly, yes, but it WORKED. If anyone is to blame, pointing fingers in any one direction is more about face saving. Whether Adobe was incapable of giving an optimised version or ARM was incapable of delivering a compelling reference platform, I don't know. But chickens require eggs and vice versa.

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RE: Adobe and ARM
by jabjoe on Thu 6th May 2010 12:30 in reply to "Adobe and ARM"
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2009-05-06

No one but Adobe could have done anything about the implementation. So if Adobe thinks it's not worth it, the platform will never have good Flash support, regardless of what the platform could actually do. Yes that's true of any software, but this software has become part of the web!

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