Beleaguered RIM vows to keep Adobe Flash alive on moribund BlackBerry PlayBook

“There are tons of implications to Adobe dropping future mobile development of the Flash plug-in, but one of the most immediate is for those whose job it is to market and sell Android tablets,” Ina Fried reports for AllThingsD. “Flash support has been one of the key advantages that aspiring iPad competitors have used to tout their devices.”

“With tablets, though, Flash compatibility (poor performance notwithstanding) had been a key selling point for those looking to take on the iPad,” Fried reports. “It was a major component in ads from Toshiba, Research In Motion, Motorola and others looking to grab a piece of the tablet market.”

“A Google representative could not immediately be reached for comment. RIM, for its part, says it has licensed Adobe’s source code and plans to continue supporting Flash on the PlayBook,” Fried reports. “‘As an Adobe source code licensee, we will continue to work on and release our own implementations. RIM remains committed to delivering an uncompromised Web browsing experience to our customers, including native support for Adobe Flash Player on our BlackBerry PlayBook tablet (similar to a desktop PC browser), as well as HTML5 support on both our BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook browsers,’ RIM said in a statement to AllThingsD.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Dead Company Walking is going to keep Dead End Tech alive on their Dead Pretend iPad? Beleaguered RIM’s perennially-distracted half-CEO Balsillie has a better chance of owning an NHL team.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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Beleaguered Adobe pulls plug on Flash; axes 750 jobs; shares drop – November 9, 2011
Adobe ceases development on Flash Player for mobile, refocuses efforts on HTML5 – November 9, 2011
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Apple CEO Steve Jobs was right about Adobe’s Flash – May 2, 2011
Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen believes his firm doesn’t need Apple or the iPad – August 16, 2010
Steve Jobs posts rare open letter: Thoughts on Flash – April 29, 2010


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