Palm Latest Mobile Industry Leader to Join Open Screen Project
BARCELONA, Spain — Feb. 16, 2009 — At the GSMA Mobile World Congress, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Palm is joining the Open Screen Project – a broad industry initiative dedicated to enabling standalone applications and full web browsing across televisions, desktops and mobile devices taking advantage of Adobe Flash Platform capabilities. The work of the Open Screen Project will help deliver Adobe® Flash® Player for smartphones on the new Palm® webOS™ platform. The unique capabilities of the web-centric Palm webOS, combined with Flash Player, will enable webOS device users to benefit from the huge amount of Flash based web content for a richer, more complete Internet experience.
“We’re excited that our customers will benefit from the creativity and broad range of Flash content and applications created by the millions of designers and developers using Adobe’s popular tools and technologies,” said Pam Deziel, vice president, software product management, Palm, Inc.
“As an industry innovator Palm will be an important contributor to the Open Screen Project,” said Michele Turner, vice president for Product Marketing, Flash Platform Business Unit at Adobe. “We’re aiming to bring a rich, Flash technology-enabled browsing experience to Palm’s impressive web browser.”
Led by Adobe, the Open Screen Project includes industry leaders working together to provide a consistent runtime environment and user experience across mobile phones, desktops, and other consumer electronics devices. The initiative addresses the challenges of web browsing on a broad range of devices, and removes the barriers to publishing content and applications seamlessly across screens. For more information, visit http://www.openscreenproject.org.
Flash Player for smartphones is expected to be available to handset manufacturers at the end of 2009.
It’s already been all over the Internet, with both ambiguous and contradictory time frames for it being on the Palm Pre.
But I had to note it here to complete the link of prior posts:
Mysteries Of The Palm Pre — January 22
I Get Cranky At Adobe — January 28
What If The iPhone Is Flash-Capable? — January 31
iPhone Now Does Veoh! Will The Palm Pre? — February 3
Adobe Flash For Smartphones News Soon? — February 10
Of course, there’s always a spoilsport to try to ruin any party (usually that would be me, but not this time):
Sorry, iPhone owners. But Pre owners will be able to swap out batteries — and we’ll be happy to do that too! Or maybe Seidio will do a Palm Pre version of their fat Centro battery. Choices, choices!
Choice is good. So is Flash.