On Wednesday, Adobe made claims that over 250million smartphones would support Flash by 2012 despite claims by Apple’s Steve Jobs that Flash is unsuited for touch devices. Right now, it is predicted that 200million smartphones will be sold in 2010, 10% of which will support Flash.
Flash has gotten a lot of heat lately from Apple as it has been banned by them as a developmental solution for iPhone OS. And with iPhone OS having the second largest market share in the smartphone market only to Blackberry, it is hard to see Flash on the rise. But something that could easily explain it is the growth of Android and the birth of Android 2.2, Froyo. Google has always put the customer first and with this new Flash-fiasco, Google has made the world publicly aware of its situation on Flash and HTML5 by heavily supporting both of them. It can be assumed then, that as long as Flash doesn’t cause too many problems on their phones, that every Android build after 2.2 will have flash support. So as Android grows, so does Flash. And since, unlike iPhone OS, their is an Android OS phone for every one of your personalities, Android is slated to grow much more than iPhone.
Anup Murarka, director of technology strategy states that, “You’re going to see Flash not only on Android. Consumers will see devices from Palm, Research in Motion Ltd’s Blackberry, Nokia’s Symbian and Microsoft (MSFT.O) Windows Phone 7 support the full Flash Player.” So if Blackberry continues to keep its share, you can easily see atleast 50% of phones to support flash by 2012.