LOS ANGELES: Complaints by Steve Jobs that Flash has technical problems have been dismissed as ridiculous by the chief executive of Adobe.
Speaking at the Adobe MAX 2010 conference, Adobe chief executive Shantanu Narayen said Apple’s position that Flash was too buggy and power hungry was wrong.
“Any Apple claims about this being a technical issue are ridiculous,” he said.
“When you look at the partnerships we have with Android and others, no one else has a problem with Flash. We need open technologies for customers.”
During his keynote presentation, Adobe’s chief technology officer Kevin Lynch demonstrated Flash working on a variety of tablets, including RIM’s PlayBook and Android devices from Samsung and Malata.
He pointed out that demand for Flash has never been stronger. He said the first three months after the release of Flash 10.1 saw 74 per cent of Flash users install the new code, the fastest take-up ever.
In addition, more than 70 per cent of casual gaming is in Flash, and to support this the company had developed a 3D gaming system for Flash that allows developers to take advantage of the GPU rather than relying on the central processor.
“Now GPUs are much more present, particularly with mobile computers since it’s better on battery life if you have a GPU,” he said.
“Looking ahead most people will have GPU. You need to have a fallback for software rendering and that's what we're doing in Flash.”
Flash is already supported in Android and RIM operating systems and a version for Windows Phone 7 will be out shortly, Lynch said.
Christy Wyatt, vice president of software applications and ecosystem at Motorola, appeared at Lynch’s keynote to support the software.
“Anyone not giving you Flash on a mobile devices isn’t giving you the full internet,” she said.
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