RIM Continues To Develop Flash Player On Their Own
It seems that RIM is going to keep holding on to Flash despite the fact that the plug has already been plugged. RIM has said that as an Adobe code licensee they will continue to develop the Flash Player for its own Blackberry Playbook. The decision appears to make sense for RIM since its QNX software is heavily invested in Flash. RIM issued the following statement on the matter.
As an Adobe source code licensee, we will continue to work on and release our own implementations. 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 (similar to a desktop PC browser), as well as HTML5 support on both our BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook browsers. In fact, we are pleased that Adobe will focus more efforts on the opportunities that HTML5 presents for our developers, and shares our commitment to HTML5 as we discussed together at DevCon Americas.
Considering the fact that most people are switching over to HTML5, this may be another example of RIM clinging on to the past and getting left behind.