The fight between Apple and Adobe over allowing Flash onto Apple devices like the popular iPhone and iPad platform has been brewing for quite some time. The fight to get Flash onto the iPad and iPhone has resulted in several open letters being published.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs kicked the open letter writing campaign off in late April when he published a letter railing against Flash calling it a closed platform and calling for use of HTML5. Shortly after Jobs published his letter, Adobe published a couple of its own open letters striking back against Apple. Other companies are aligning with Adobe and Flash in the fight against Apple. Two of the companies taking Adobe's side are Nokia and Opera.
Both of the companies pledged last week to support Flash in the face of a growing war between Flash and HTML5 spearheaded by Apple. Opera co-founder Jon von Tetzchner said late last week that Opera would be supporting Flash. Nokia's Alberto Torres also said his firm would support Flash.
While Nokia is throwing its support behind Flash, the sales volume of the company's high-end smartphones is nothing compared to what Apple accomplishes with the iPhone. Reuters reports that the N900, the top of the line Nokia smartphone, has sold fewer than 100,000 units.
The N900 has been on the market for a while and the under 100,000 sales figure is for the period of January to March – the official launch of the N900 was in November 2009. Despite the poor sales numbers being reported, Nokia maintains that it is happy with sales and that the device is exceeding expectations.
Torres told Reuters, "Sales have substantially exceeded expectations." Expectations must have been low. During the same sales period Apple moved 8.75 million iPhones.