It’s certainly no secret that Apple and Google don’t get along these days. Now that relationship looks set to be strained even further with rumors that Google will collaborate with Adobe Flash by intending to bundle it with future builds of Google Chrome.
Apple has clearly stated its dislike of Flash by not installing it on either the iPhone or the new iPad, so Google allying with Adobe Flash marks out how just how much they intend to compete with Apple. According to a report from ZDNet, via mashable.com, Flash will be bundled in future builds of browser Chrome, with no plug-in necessary.
Although the step will not be of major significance to Flash if you consider that around 99% of Internet desktops already have the plug -in, the real importance of the move for Flash at least, is that it will be seen as part of Google Chrome OS, which is the world’s third most popular browser.
What do you think being associated with Google could do for the fortunes of Flash? Do you think the rivalry between Google and Apple will escalate further, and if so, what might happen next? Let us know your thoughts on this.