RIM: We’re Supporting Flash on PlayBook

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Adobe may have issued a death warrant for Flash on mobile devices, but that’s not stopping RIM from throwing its weight behind supporting the multimedia platform on its PlayBook tablet. RIM plans to continue developing its own version of Flash Player for its tablet, and will support HTML5, too.

RIM supporting Flash on PlayBook. Really.“As an Adobe source code licensee, we will continue to work on and release our own implementations,” RIM told AllThingsD in a statement. “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, as well as HTML5 support on both our BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook browsers.”

Adobe announced on Wednesday that it is dropping the mobile Flash Player platform to focus on HTML5 and desktop versions of Flash.

“HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively,” said Adobe vice president and general manager of interactive development Danny Winokur. “This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms.”

RIM’s announcement must come as a relief for the handful of consumers that own a PlayBook since they’ll be able to continue browsing the Internet just as they currently do.

For its part, RIM is in a position where it had to confirm its support for mobile Flash since the company has touted the feature as a big selling point for the PlayBook. With little else to entice potential customers away from Apple’s iPad.

In the end, however, it may not be such a big deal since Adobe is already endorsing HTML5 as the tool of choice for mobile content, which means fewer Web coders will see any incentive to push Flash for smartphones and tablets.

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Lee Dronick

Let us put the deck chairs over there, we can enjoy the sinking better from that location.


Future Headline:  “RIM cancels native Flash Player support for Blackberry mobile devices”

May or may not be preceded by “RIM cancels Playbook” future headline.


For most of this year I’ve been predicting that RIM would fold and/or be sold within 5 years.

With this bit of silliness I’ve revised that to 3.


A dead company supporting a dead product.
I love it.



This makes about as much sense as the $2000 Blackberry Porche model smartphone:


Dl Betty

Is this a joke? Or do they honestly not know Flash is dead to mobile Android and other devices yet somehow they are porting it to IOS devices now, color me confused, but Blackberry had better read the Adobe Flash page, LOL


I was not in a place where I could comment on this until now, but this public commitment from RIM is a clear sign and symptom of a much deeper malaise in both their corporate culture and strategy, such as that strategy is.

Indeed, staying with the clinical diagnostic theme, one might even question RIM’s mental status, specifically it’s grasp on reality, and whether or not such a commitment is symptomatic of ‘magical thinking’; that somehow by staying a dead-in course, a path to a long term and thriving future for their tablet will be created.

To paraphrase the Joker (Jack Nicholson’s rendition), ‘This company needs an enema’, or some other purgative, followed by an antipsychotic agent until rational cognition is restored, and the excrement that passes for strategic thinking ceases.

RIM’s lurching from farce to fiasco this past year has been difficult to watch, given its erstwhile and illustrious accomplishments.

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