Despite Adobe’s decision to stop all developments of Flash for the mobile web, RIM has promised that it will continue to develop Adobe Flash for its BlackBerry PlayBook.
The BlackBerry maker said in a statement on its official blog that as one of the Adobe Flash source code licensees, it will continue to work on, and release, its own implementations of the software. RIM went on to say that it is looking forward to include Flash 11.1 for the BlackBerry PlayBook.
Adobe confirmed yesterday that it will no longer develop Flash for mobile devices after its next release, instead turning its focus on HTML5 and AIR apps. Though, the company did pledge to continue providing critical bug fixes and security updates for existing devices running the software, like RIM’s PlayBook.
As RIM continues to face dwindling sales of its BlackBerry tablet, it makes sense for the company to secure Flash for the PlayBook, as its biggest competitor, the Apple iPad, lacks the Adobe software.
It will be interesting to see how successful RIM will be in bringing new features to Flash on the PlayBook as the Internet continues to move towards HTML5.