According to Adobe boss Shantanu Narayen the long-running spat with Apple, and Steve Jobs in particular, about Flash support in iOS is a thing of the past.
Yet we can't help but feel there's a little favouritism going on when Narayen predicts that the flash-friendly Android will achieve market dominance over iOS in the tablet arena, just as it did in the smartphone game.
“What you saw with smartphones hitting an inflection point with Android, you’ll see it again with tablets,” Narayen said in an interview last week.
The Adobe CEO also named HP's TouchPad and RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook as worth watching, both of which also fall on the right side of the fence as far as Adobe is concerned when it comes to Flash support.
The very public mud-slinging match between Apple and Adobe kicked off around the launch of the original iPad last January. Adobe claimed the lack of Flash support on the iPad was due to Apple's inflexibility; Apple said it was because Flash was buggy and a hog on system resources.
The issue dragged on for much of the year, but Adobe has now moved on, Narayen says, though he claims “it’s an argument that the press likes to continue bringing up”.
The Adobe boss says the tablet market will be an exciting place by the end of year, offering real market differentiation and versatility for the end user.
“There will be another 20 tablets that will come by the end of the year that will push the industry in different directions,” Narayen says. “I think the community is vibrant. I’m really excited.”