This isn’t super surprising; I’m honestly impressed they managed to keep a client alive in the Linux ecosystem for as long as they did. That said, found something in the comments from Flex developer Matthew Fabb regarding the 64-bit Flash debacle:
Adobe has committed to getting a 64-bit version of Flash out with Flash Player 11. My understanding is that it is a technical issue, as Flash uses licensed code and codex that have not been available in 64-bit.
We know from painful experience that letting a third party layer of software come between the platform and the developer ultimately results in sub-standard apps and hinders the enhancement and progress of the platform. If developers grow dependent on third party development libraries and tools, they can only take advantage of platform enhancements if and when the third party chooses to adopt the new features.
Sounds like Adobe could stand to take a page out of Apple’s book.
I have so many things I could say about this it’s ridiculous, but I’ll keep it short: if Adobe really wanted to make a difference here, they shouldn’t have involved consumers, but more actively involved developers. Get as many MonoTouch, Appcelerator, and Flash developers as you could to abandon Apple’s platform. (This may happen anyway when OS4 is in the wild.) Focus on your mobile libs, integrate them flawlessly in Flex Builder and tout them as easy-to-use alternates for non-iPhone users. Make sure your 3D stuff is up to snuff and you’re off to the races.
Also it would behoove them to get their heads out of their asses and create a product they could demo outside of a clean room.
I have several concerns about this news. Not only will it only run on a small sliver of North American hardware (HTC Incredible, MotoDroid and Nexus One should be the only ARMv7 products), but since it requires a new stepping of the OS the HTC products will probably lag behind the rest as Sense is ported/upgraded. My ancillary question is: will standalone app developers be able to deploy to a 2.1 device? Or will apps also require the 2.2 upgrade? (I speculate it’s the latter.)