updated 11:50 am EDT, Fri May 21, 2010
Google snubs Adobe by making non Flash game
Google dealt a snub to Adobe on Friday with a tribute to the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man. Despite sharing stage time with Adobe just this week, a playable version of Pac-Man on the page works with both the iPad and iPhone -- revealing that it's not using Flash. Apple's phones and other touchscreen devices instead use swipe gestures to steer the classic arcade game.
Although it goes without a plugin, it still includes most features of the Namco original. Audio won't necessarily play on every device, however.
The use is ironic as Adobe has insisted that web games needed Flash and has received heavy support from Google, which is bundling Flash with Chrome and is making Flash an important if not de facto part of Android 2.2. Google, however, has been one of the strongest advocates of platform-independent web technology and has supported technology like HTML5 ahead of Adobe.
Google's logo should disappear from the front page after Friday but is likely to be found in its logo archive in the future.