Last night, Lee Brimelow put up a video on his blog showing Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR running on the Motorola Droid.
This, plus the fact that Windows Mobile also runs Flash, is a huge deal for Flash developers. I think this move, with Flash CS5 making it easier to develop for mobile won’t be separating everything into Flash vs. HTML5 but perhaps, Apple users plus everyone else. I own an iPhone and I love it but I would really like to be able to make my own apps and games for it using the language and platform that I’m the most comfortable with, ActionScript and Flash. Hopefully, this move, plus the improvements that Adobe has made to Flash Player with 10.1, Apple will move closer to running Flash and AIR on their mobile products. Personally, I think the only reason Apple hasn’t yet has nothing to do with performance or battery usage, but because of their App Store. Apple the company is and has been, at least when Steve Jobs has been in charge, the ultimate control freak. It’s been said before and I completely agree with it, if Apple could find a way to control the software you use on your Macbook or iMac, they would. I could see Apple’s goal being an App Store for your iMac that is the only place that allows you to purchase and install software.
Hopefully it will never come to that. While I don’t think I could ever have an Apple computer as my main system, my wife and I love gaming too much, I could see myself using a Macbook Pro as my work computer. But that won’t happen if I have to let a company say what I can and cannot install on my computer.