HOUSE OF CREATIVE SOFTWARE Adobe is about to make another own goal by delaying its Flash Player for the Android and WebOS operating systems.
Currently Adobe is fighting a war with Steve Jobs, who is leaning on software companies to no longer run Flash.
While this is an example of Jobs' arrogance, he seems to have won some of the tame media over to thinking it is a good idea.
Adobe's biggest allies would be those mobile outfits that stick two fingers up to Steve Jobs's vision of everyone in the universe using an Apple machine and doing what he tells them.
Google's open source Android is lining up to be Apple's biggest competition, unless Microsoft actually manages to pull off its Windows Phone 7 Series.
However today Adobe said the Android Flash player 10.1 is not ready and will not be available until the second half of the year, putting a damper on the hopes of many Android and WebOS users.
Just to make Apple laugh even louder, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen added that a BlackBerry version will also be made available at the same time. That second half thing actually means September, we imagine.
When it finally comes out for Android, WebOS and Blackberry, the full player, which is already available for Windows and Mac machines, will support all Flash videos as well as websites that use Flash for navigation or have Flash splash screens.
Adobe says the software will take full advantage of the differing capabilities of the mobile phones it runs on, including multi-touch support and hardware acceleration. µ