Most will not realize what happened today, but the release of the Droid 2 today changes everything in the Technology space. Today the mobile wars just got very serious. The IPhone/IPad which has been the darling of the press for the past year is in serious trouble. Why, in one word – Flash player 10.1.
Steve Jobs has said Flash Player is garbage, useless and antiquated and that HTML 5 is the wave of the future. In one device and OS the Droid 2 has put a big kick in the ass to Steve Jobs.
Why do I think this – because I was able in 2 hours to port my video player web based application to be mobile enabled. No code changes, just resized objects and it worked exactly the way it works within a desktop browser.
I didn’t have to buy a MAC at least $2,000, develop in c ancient, upload to the Apple app store, get approved, get rejected and still have to pay $99 and a 30% commission. I just did what I have been doing for the past 15 years ftp to my site and send out the link. No dictatorship or censorship of what I built.
In one app I can verify support for rtmp streaming video, class support, dynamic creation, animation, event handling etc. The ability to support flash player 10.1 is huge, nothing, nothing, nothing will be able to compete against this, period.
Bottom line, the Droid 2 is going to define what Mobile is.
The users of Android will possess the ability to view the entire internet, whereas the Iphone crowd will not have access to at least 30% of the net.
The bottom line is can Adobe and Apple stop acting like Harry and Lloyd and get Flash on the IPhone?