Adobe Backs Away From Promise to Bring Flash Player to iPhone

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Adobe systems appears to have backed away from a promise to develop a Flash-based media player for the Apple iPhone.

Earlier this week, Adobe Chief Executive Shantanu Narayen said his company would attempt to build a Flash player that would work on the iPhone.

"We believe Flash is synonymous with the Internet experience, and we are committed to bringing Flash to the iPhone," he said.

Narayen made this comment in the wake of an earlier admonition from Apple CEO Steve Jobs that the software wasn't ready to work on the iPhone platform yet.

What Jobs termed "proper" Flash "performs too slow to be useful" on the iPhone, he said. "There's this missing product in the middle. It just doesn't exist."

But yesterday Adobe issued a follow-up statement that stressed the importance of Apple's involvement with any Flash player Adobe might build for the iPhone.

"[T]o bring the full capabilities of Flash to the iPhone web-browsing experience, we do need to work with Apple beyond and above what is available through the SDK and the current license around it," the company said. "We think Flash availability on the iPhone benefits Apple and Adobe's millions of joint customers, so we want to work with Apple to bring these capabilities to the device."

The statement sparked concern on the web that Adobe would renege on its promise. Online guru Brandon Shalton told XBIZ that such backtracking is unusual for a large company.

"Maybe Apple wanted maybe money from them," said Shalton, who founded the traffic analysis service T3Report.com. "Who knows what the deal structure was that they were considering?"

The lack of a Flash-based player for iPhone-based applications means that adult websites, affiliate companies and content providers wouldn't be able to use the versatile platform to stream videos.

Matrix Content President Stephen Bugbee told XBIZ that even though his company has converted its entire library of content to Flash, he harbored doubts about the appeal of adult content on the device.

"The iPhone is great, but you really can't base a large business model on just being able to stream to an iPhone," Bugbee said. "Although it is nice if you can't do anything else."

Related:  

Copyright © 2024 Adnet Media. All Rights Reserved. XBIZ is a trademark of Adnet Media.
Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission is prohibited.

More News

KOSA Sponsors Praise Surgeon General's Endorsement of Mental Health Labeling for Websites

The main sponsors of the controversial Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) bill this week urged fellow lawmakers to fast-track the bill, after the surgeon general called on Congress to mandate “mental health warnings” on social media platforms.

Utherverse to Launch Functional NFTs in Virtual 'Big Reveal' Event

Utherverse will officially debut its functional non-fungible tokens (fNFTs) with a virtual party within its metaverse on Thursday.

AdultPrime Debuts AI Image Generator

AdultPrime.com has introduced a new AI image-generation feature for its members.

2025 XBIZ Show Set for Jan. 13-16

XBIZ is pleased to announce that the 2025 edition of its flagship conference, the XBIZ Show, will take place Jan. 13-16 at the Kimpton Everly Hotel in Hollywood.

X's Porn-Recognition AI Survives Illinois' Biometric Privacy Law Challenge

A lawsuit filed under Illinois’ unusual state law regulating biometric data collection has taken aim at an AI program used by X since 2015 to identify nudity and NSFW images.

Byborg's Le Shaw Research Institute Teams Up With Cupcake Girls

LiveJasmin parent company Byborg Enterprises’ Le Shaw International Sexual Health and Wellness Research Institute has joined forces with U.S.-based sex worker advocacy group The Cupcake Girls.

Anti-Pornhub Attorney Expands Strategy to 'Name and Shame' Finance Companies

A legal team headed by attorney Michael J. Bowe has expanded its strategy in a series of ongoing legal actions against Aylo, over user-uploaded content on Pornhub allegedly involving minors, this time targeting finance companies that have backed or worked with the company formerly known as Mindgeek.

X3 Expo 2025 Show Dates Set for Jan. 17-18

X3 Expo organizers have announced that the event will once again take over the historic Hollywood Palladium Jan. 17-18, bringing together legions of attendees for the biggest lineup of adult stars in North America, plus a smorgasbord of dazzlingly attractions showcasing the latest innovations in titillating digital entertainment.

SextPanther Adds New Content-Tagging Feature, Revamped 'Explore' Page

SextPanther has rolled out a new content-tagging feature and a revamped version of its “Explore” page.

Court Orders xHamster to Remove Dutch Amateur Content

An Amsterdam appeals court upheld a lower court decision ordering xHamster to remove all footage featuring Dutch people who have not given explicit permission for their images to be posted.

Show More