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RIM to continue developing Flash browser plug-in for PlayBook

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RIM will take over development of the Flash plug-in for its mobile browser on the PlayBook.

BlackBerry PlayBook Press Image
BlackBerry PlayBook Press Image

After Adobe officially killed Flash Player for mobile, the next shoe to drop was how the companies that had previously touted it would respond. The first has chimed in, as RIM told All Things D that it would continue to develop the Flash plug-in on the PlayBook, saying "RIM remains committed to delivering an uncompromised Web browsing experience." RIM's decision is possible because it licenses the entire source code for the Flash plug-in from Adobe.

Adobe strongly endorsed HTML5 as the "best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across multiple platforms," instead of Flash. RIM said it was pleased that Adobe would be focusing on HTML5, but we can't image it's especially pleased to have the costs of maintaining Flash on PlayBook dropped in its lap while it pushes to finish its BBX platform.