Interesting Thought: Adobe should work with Amazon with the Kindle 3

April 12 2010

As a follow-up to the thought about Adobe and Creative Suite and Apple discussion, maybe Adobe should go out of it's way to work with Amazon to put Flash on the Kindle? I assume we will see Flash on the HP Slate and a slew of Android tablets later this year. But the Kindle the 'other' successful tablet out there. Amazon has to be working on something to answer the iPad (well, unless you are one of those that thinks Amazon will walk away from the hardware biz and just focus on the Kindle apps). The Kindle 3 could be the mobile Flash device everyone seems to want.

My take - who knows. I would love to see a Kindle with some form of backlight and color ... only as long as it is still eInk and has the amazing battery life that my Kindle 2 DX has today. I know, I know .. you can't have the backlit screen and the 2 week battery life at the same time .. but they could give me a switch to turn it off, just like I can do with the wireless today. I would also prefer they keep how light the Kindle 2 form factor is. I can hold it one handed reading for hours and hours and not even notice it is in my hand.

Again, just more food for thought and discussion.

2 Responses to “Interesting Thought: Adobe should work with Amazon with the Kindle 3”

  1. 1) Karsten Lehmann says:

    I only miss flash on the iPhone when I visit web pages that are using it and do not provide alternative content, which is in my opinion bad web design.

    I'm using a flash blocker in my notebook browsers (Chromium and Firefox) because flash (on the Mac) consumes too much CPU. You quickly hear the notebook fan when you're reading such a website.

    In addition, I don't really like web sites to play video and music without asking me and flash is mostly used for advertising.

    So I don't really have a problem with Apple not supporting flash in mobile Safari. I hope more and more websites will move to the HTML 5 standard to be compatible with all modern browsers, on desktop, iPhone/iPad and Android. The downside is that advertising will also move from flash to HTML 5.

  2. 2) John Head says:

    I understand your thoughts Karsten, but the fact is Flash is a big deal on the web. Lots of people are using it every day. There is an opportunity there. It would be in Adobe's best interest to get Flash on a tablet device.

    As for HTML5, I believe it is the most important thing in web development going forward. Bigger than cloud. The problem is every browser runs HTML5 differently. We need to get the platforms running HTML5 up to snuff ASAP. This includes Notes/Domino in the Vulcan effort :-)

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