Adobe Says Flash Gaining in Smartphone Market

Adobe Systems Inc on Wednesday said it sees its popular Flash Player on more than 250 million smartphones by the end of 2012 despite Apple Inc's ban on developers from using the popular multimedia software on its iPhone. The feud between Apple and Adobe has emerged as the market for smartphones heats up. Adobe said on Wednesday it has long provided a scaled-down version of its Flash software for cellphones that are less powerful than the new generation of smartphones which enable consumers to surf the full Web and watch videos and rich media. Apple's Chief Executive Steve Jobs has sharply criticized Flash, calling it unreliable and ill-suited for mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad, raising questions about its security and power-management. But Adobe said its newest Flash version was gaining traction with smartphone makers in spite of Apple's resistance. "Maybe we don't get to the iPhone or iPad," Anup Murarka, director of technology strategy, told Reuters in an interview, but added: "If anything, we're seeing continued growth in the install base and the usage of Flash and we see that continuing to grow," he said.

By predicting its Flash Player would be in over 250 million smartphones by the end of 2012, Adobe said it expects its Flash software to be supported in 53 per cent of the more than 300 million smartphones expected to ship in 2012. Industry analysts predict more than 200 million smartphones to be sold in 2010, with close to 10 percent of those carrying Flash. Adobe's newest Flash Player 10.1 will soon be available on Google's Android "Froyo" 2.2 operating system for smartphones and other devices, and Adobe's Murarka said other smartphones would soon support Flash. "You're going to see Flash not only on Android. Consumers will see devices from Palm, Research in Motion Ltd's Blackberry, Nokia's Symbian and Microsoft Windows Phone 7 support the full Flash Player," Murarka said. Murarka said Flash was a strong contributor to Adobe's bottom line. "The player itself is free, but the Flash platform is a contributor to revenues. We monetize it via the tools we sell, and by far the biggest aspect of Adobes' revenues is tools," he said.

Published Date: Jun 10, 2010 11:42 am | Updated Date: Jun 10, 2010 11:42 am