February 16, 2009

The Palm Pre: Soon To Be Flashier!

Filed under: Groundwork — mikecane @ 8:18 pm


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

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.



  1. Hate to blow a dart in this one, but all they announced was that Palm had joined Open Screen Project. It’s pretty much vaporware until end of the year (if not into next year). At that point, it doesn’t necessarily mean full-bore Flash, but possibly Flash-lite, which is a poor orphan nephew of Flash that requires its own SDK and custom development environment. If that’s the case, it doesn’t mean you go visit a web-site with Flash and you can see it. The press release is deliberately vague on that.

    Given that they can’t even get the friggin’ Flash plugin to work right on MacOS (making Flash-stripping projects like ClickToFlash overnight sensations) I’d take this with a giant truck-full of salt (and I say this as someone whose been using Flash since before it was even called Flash).

    Comment by ramin — February 16, 2009 @ 8:48 pm | Reply

  2. I read a lot of the coverage. Some said Palm itself has been working on it in conjunction with Adobe and that it will appear shortly after the Pre goes on sale as an OTA update. Another said it will appear “eventually.” Others said this is full-blown Flash 10 that will give full-desktop-like Flash capability for both the browser and all of webOS. All of it made my head spin, which is why I wrote, “with both ambiguous and contradictory time frames for it being on the Palm Pre.” Sometimes I just have to step back from it all and let the cards play themselves.

    Comment by mikecane — February 17, 2009 @ 11:32 am | Reply

  3. It’s great to see that the regular internet won’t be limited to internet as we know it.

    Comment by Wes - PR Distribution — February 17, 2009 @ 3:55 pm | Reply

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