Palm doesn't know what's holding up Flash for WebOS

Remember Apple CEO Steve Jobs who slammed Adobe for being 'lazy' and slated the company for its failure so far to deliver a version of Flash for smartphones that's up to the challenge?

Now Palm says it has no idea why Adobe hasn't offered any signs of preparing to port Flash to webOS, during an AT&T seminar yesterday.

That's strange as we know Adobe demonstrated a Flash Player for webOS on February 17, 2010.

However, the Palm rep said his company doesn't "know what the hold-up is" with getting Flash to Palm's platform.

ComScore tells us webOS accounted for 8.3 percent of smartphones in September 2009, when Apple accounted for 24.1 per cent.

It is interesting that Palm is saying this, given HP's recent $1.2 billion purchase of Palm, with an aim to create new families of connected, WebOS devices:

"Palm's innovative operating system provides an ideal platform to expand HP's mobility strategy and create a unique HP experience spanning multiple mobile connected devices.

"Palm possesses significant IP assets and has a highly skilled team. The smartphone market is large, profitable and rapidly growing, and companies that can provide an integrated device and experience command a higher share. Advances in mobility are offering significant opportunities, and HP intends to be a leader in this market."

We've seen the (frankly less than stellar) Adobe Flash 10.1 running on an Android gadget demo.

Despite this, Adobe intends bringing Flash to all mobile devices in the second half of the year, so why is Palm saying what it is saying?

Perhaps the truth is that Adobe only wants to support the biggest platforms, rather than offer its multimedia technology to all OS systems, as it should do in order to boost innovation and opportunity (to use some of its own argument).

Perhaps all the bluster and full page ads promoting Flash and Adobe's argument with Apple really was just about the money -- more specifically, the money Adobe hoped to gain by hiking Flash onto the iPhone train.

Perhaps this is why Jobs said,

"Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.

"Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind."

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