The European Union, it is learnt, is working on a “Digital Agenda” that is looking into US companies that have been breaking Europe’s anti-trust laws by keeping their proprietary systems closed. According to a recent post on the ReadWriteWeb, the proposals could force Apple to open up its closed iOS system to competitors and thereby allow Flash on the iPhone and allow competitors like Android and Palm to sync to iTunes.
A section on the Digital Agenda reads,
“The Commission will…propose legal measures on ICT interoperability by 2010 to reform the rules on implementation of ICT standards in Europe to allow use of certain ICT fora and consortia standards…Promote interoperability by adopting in 2010 a European Interoperability Strategy and European Interoperability Framework; Examine the feasibility of measures that could lead significant market players to license interoperability information to report by 2012.”
If the proposals are accepted, it could mean that Apple may have to open up its platform not just in Europe, but outside the continent as well. Steve Jobs has long argued that the company’s iOS platform may run sluggishly in the presence of a multimedia platform like Flash. He has also argued that such applications may drain the iPhone battery life and hence may affect user experience.
However, such battery hogging applications have been available on jailbroken iPhones for quite sometime and these users who broke the iOS wall have not experienced any major issue.
Now, if and when Flash becomes officially available in the European market, the performance of Flash on the iPhone may become more clearly evident and in the absence of any major issues, the user community may get more vociferous about accessing Flash applications on iPhone.