Flash On The iPhone - Yes Or No

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Got a real treat today, gang. Ever see those flash stick figure fighter animations on the web? If not they're a riot and Alan Becker, the master of stickflash kung fu, has a wickedly sick animation of his character coming to life and starting an extensive battle sequence with his animator and items on his computer. Amazingly talented, funny and animated, if you haven't seen this, it's a can't miss.

And now here Nintendo Japan has a very Wii-like website for Mario Kart for the Wii. It's in native Japanese but they make the shiny buttons almost as fun to press as the actual Wii buttons themselves. I've always been a fan of Princess Peach myself

I always thought if you're going to have the stones to call a car "The Matrix" it better be the coolest car this side of Laurence Fishburne. It's not bad...just not matrix cool y'know? What is cool, however, is their marketing campaign in the form of their ads and their flash site.

We've got Brajeshwar again this week with his article about Apple's trepidation concerning their lack of Flash on the iPhone. They didn't do it. Now say they want to do it. But can they do it? Ol' Braj expounds upon the subject.

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Flash On The iPhone - Yes Or No

Brajeshwar Oinam  By Brajeshwar Oinam

Imagine: The Web without Flash?

Apple’s iPhone, in recent times, has been the must have uber cool device/phone for those who are style-aware, techno-savvy, geek-cultured, business-professionals and Apple fanboys. It is pehaps one of the most marvellous innovative evolution from Apple, fantastically marketed down the tech-piped throats of the internet-aware civilization.

Unfortunately, the iPhone is not officially available in India (at least at the time of writing this article) and I don’t have one, thus I’ve always given cursory glance to iPhone related stories. Yes, the cursory glance is more to avoid getting utterly jealous of others who already have one and to avoid tempting myself into yet another Apple induced submission.Adobe

Of late, there are lots of talk about the Flash Player on the iPhone which got me interested. This morning, I was reading Aral Balkan’s frustration that Adobe is not working on Flash for iPhone which prompted me to go deeper and learn the stories of “Flash on the iPhone.”

Aral was not happy; and I’m sure many other iPhone users have similar suck-timents.
Damn you Apple for hooking me in with your wonderfuckingly cool UI and then shackling me with your sub-par feature-set. I want my Flash Player and my 3G, you hear? You’ve spoilt me; I can’t use any other handset now without feeling like I’m handling ancient relic and yet I can’t do simple things like copy-and-paste and connect my laptop to the Internet through my phone.

Flash not ready for the iPhone!

Earlier in the preceeding month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs made it clear that the iPhone hadn’t adopted Adobe’s Flash Lite (the mobile version of Flash Player) because of technical and performance concerns. He suggested Adobe to work on a new version of the Player.

Well, what Steve meant was, “Adobe’s Flash Player for the Web is too bulky and slow for the iPhone while Flash Lite is not capable of being used for the web.” That sounds fairly damming, more specifically when it was announced at the Apple Shareholders’ Meeting where things would be really big and public than expected.

Flash will be on the iPhone

Then came the good news from CEO Shantanu Narayen that Adobe had since obtained the iPhone SDK which Apple released recently. The tools will let Adobe build a Flash player for the iPhone, then distribute it through Apple’s iTunes online store. “We believe Flash is synonymous with the Internet experience, and we are committed to bringing Flash to the iPhone,” Narayen said. “We have evaluated (the software developer tools) and we think we can develop an iPhone Flash player ourselves.”

Everything was looking cool, sweet and smooth until Adobe realizes that the iPhone SDK is not enough for Flash on iPhone. Adobe has admitted it can’t bring Flash to the iPhone just because it thinks that would be a neat idea.

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Brajeshwar is an ace digerati and an ardent believer of KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid), he envisions pushing the technical envelope time and again for the betterment of commercial and practical applications. http://www.brajeshwar.com/

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