Those New BlackBerry Phones Don't Support Flash Either

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In addition to missing out on the upgrade to RIM’s new QNX operating system, the new BlackBerry phones that were unveiled this morning will not support Adobe Flash.Charles Arthur, The Guardian’s Tech Editor, pointed this out to us on Twitter, and we confirmed with RIM.

Flash has been a major part of RIM’s mobile strategy since the PlayBook’s launch in April. There’s even a whole commercial dedicated to it.

RIM isn’t alone here. Android phone and tablet manufacturers use Flash as a weapon against the iPad and iPhone too.

But we’re puzzled why Flash was left out of BlackBerry 7. It’s just one more major feature those who purchase one of the new BlackBerry 7 phones will miss out on when BlackBerrys move to QNX.

Update: RIM exec Patrick Spence explains why there’s no flash to the Guardian, saying, “You need dual-core processors to render Flash in the way that we would want to do it. The processing power isn’t there yet.”

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