Adobe hits back at Apple assault

Following the recent blistering assault on Adobe's Flash from Steve Jobs, in the form of an open letter that culminated with the statement "the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short", Adobe's CTO, Kevin Lynch, has hit back in a short blog post on the company's website.

Titled "Moving Forward", Lynch doesn't go into the kind of detail that Jobs did, simply saying: "We feel confident that were Apple and Adobe to work together as we are with a number of other partners, we could provide a terrific experience with Flash on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch". 

However, he then points out that in a blog post last week, the company had already vowed to abandon Apple devices, take its ball and go home, adding that the company will continue its plans to bring Flash to every platform except the iPhone - Google, RIM, Palm, Microsoft, Nokia and others.

Lynch closes by saying: "We look forward to delivering Flash Player 10.1 for Android 
smartphones as a public preview at Google I/O in May, and then a general release in June. From that point on, an ever increasing number and variety of powerful, Flash-enabled devices will be arriving which we hope will provide a great landscape of choice".

Essentially the debate comes down to asking what's better for the customer - choice, or a tightly controlled user experience? Which side of the philosophical chasm do you fall on? Tell us in the comments below.

Update: That statement from Adobe - that Flash Player 10.1 will get a general release in June - does that mean that Android 2.2 will be released in June, too?



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