"Google correctly recognizes the Flash plug-in as one of the main engines that drive innovation on the Web," Fiser said. "So -- rather than accede to Apple's ridiculous 'solution' of trying to kill an excellent -- but needs improvement -- technology, Google is trying to make it better." Apple has frowned up on Flash lately, keeping it off of its iPhone platform.
Adobe also is working with Google, Mozilla and others on an API to provide a better way for browsers and plug-ins to interact.
"While the current NPAPI has served the industry well, it lacks the flexibility and power to support the pace of innovation we see ahead. We expect that the new API specification will offer some distinct benefits over the current technology available," Betlem said. The API will be OS- and browser-neutral to minimize the chance of inconsistent behavior across platforms. It also will offer performance benefits and enable tighter integration with host browsers, Betlem said.
Google has participated in the Adobe-led Open Screen Project, which is an effort to provide a Flash-based runtime environment for rich content across different devices.
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