RIM, with a finger in each ear and a third, cybernetic arm poking out its own eyeballs, has decided to license Flash from Adobe and keep it alive for PlayBook, AllThingsD reports. Nothing says the future like supporting dead technology!
With the sentencing to death of mobile Flash, Adobe admitted it didn't deserve existence. HTML5 is simply better. The creator of a lucrative, popular thing said that lucrative, popular thing was over. In fact, the creator was directly ending its creation. This doesn't happen very often! So it should have been a hell of a klaxon to the rest of the world: MOBILE FLASH IS DONE.
But then there's RIM, whose PlayBook tablet, with so many missing features it might as well be a manilla envelope filled with nickels, has interpreted Adobe's surrender in a different manner: if Adobe says mobile Flash is dead, let's keep it alive! Against all conventional wisdom and technological evidence. So, why are they doing it, officially?
"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."
That's the same web Adobe admitted following about: "HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms." Or is RIM operating in some alternate web, where even if BBMs did work, you still wouldn't be able to access them natively on your PlayBook because the coders are busy exhuming the dead corpse of phone Flash? [AllThingsD]