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Adobe and RIM Team Up - Full Flash Coming Soon!
We've previously heard RIM had plans to partner up with Adobe and it looks like those plans are finally going through. Today Adobe announced its partnership with RIM which is big news for the future of the BlackBerry browser. They will be providing full flash support to the BlackBerry platform.
It is widely known that the BlackBerry browser leaves a lot to be desired. For some time now users have dealt with a lackluster browser that can't even compare to what other smartphones have to offer. RIM has failed to make much progress on this issue until recently when they announced their acquisition with Torch Mobile. Add that to today's news and come this time next year we could be saying the BlackBerry browser is the best mobile browser there is.
From the Press Release:
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2009) - At Adobe MAX, Adobe's worldwide developer conference, Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced they are working together to bring Adobe® Flash® Player support to the BlackBerry® platform. RIM is joining the Open Screen Project, a broad initiative dedicated to enabling standalone applications and richer Web browsing across mobile phones, televisions, desktops and other consumer electronic devices through the Adobe Flash Platform. The collaboration is expected to bring the full Flash Player browser runtime to BlackBerry smartphones.
"As an industry leader for innovative smartphones and wireless solutions, RIM delivers superior mobile user experiences to customers around the world," said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Flash Platform Business Unit at Adobe. "It's a natural fit for both companies to work together to bring Flash technology based video and web content to BlackBerry smartphone users."
"As part of the Open Screen Project, RIM will be working with Adobe to deliver a great Flash technology experience on BlackBerry smartphones and to enable users to enjoy the exciting content and services that Flash technology developers and content creators are bringing to the Web," said Alan Brenner, SVP at Research In Motion.
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