While Steve Jobs continues to block Adobe’s efforts to bring Flash capability to the iPhone OS, Google’s Andy Rubin took to the stage at the Adobe MAX developer’s conference to show the world what Flash looks like on the T-Mobile G1. During the keynote, Rubin and Adobe’s Kevin Lynch showed off the fruits of Google and Adobe’s collaboration. Running on the Google Android OS, the T-Mobile G1 was used to demonstrate that a full-HTML web browsing experience just isn’t complete without a Flash integration.
“We are excited to be working alongside Adobe to bring Flash technology to Android,” said Andy Rubin, director of mobile platforms at Google. “Adobe Flash is crucial to a rich Internet and content experience on mobile devices and we are thrilled that Google will be one of the first companies along with the Open Handset Alliance to bring Flash technology to the smartphone market.”
With Flash Lite bringing Adobe’s Flash technology to Symbian, Windows Mobile, and now Android smartphones, the iPhone OS has been singled out as the only smartphone to boast a full-HTML browser that lacks the ability to support Flash-based content.
Adobe announced that their new Flash 10 offering would speed up Flash performance on Mac computers, and it has been speculated that the move to optimize the Flash experience in the Mac space was largely motivated by Adobe’s desire to get in good with Steve Jobs. For what it’s worth, Flash on the Android platform and iPhone-competing T-Mobile G1 might just spur Jobs to allow Adobe to develop a Flash solution for the iPhone.