Google pledges Android Flash support
Google has pledged support for Flash in Android 2.2, claiming that being open “means not being militant about the things consumers are actually enjoying.”
The comments, made by Andy Rubin, a vice president for engineering at Google, stand in direct contrast to the attitude at Apple, which has banned apps developed in Flash from its products.
It’s a numbers game. When you have multiple OEM’s building multiple products in multiple product categories, it’s just a matter of time
However, Rubin claimed that by being so hard-nosed about its platform Apple was handing the smartphone battle to Google. “It’s a numbers game. When you have multiple OEM’s building multiple products in multiple product categories, it’s just a matter of time,” he told The New York Times
“I don’t know when it [Android sales overtaking iPhone] might be, but I’m confident it will happen. Open usually wins,” he concluded.
Quizzed on whether an open platform was actually important to end users, Rubin said: “when they can’t have something, people do care. Look at the way politics work. I just don’t want to live in North Korea.”