Google launched a new service today called Google TV in an attempt to expand beyond its usual area of business. At the launch, Google took a few jabs at Apple for not supporting Adobe Flash, saying, “It turns out on the Internet people use Flash.” The Google TV will use the next version of Flash.
But Google is not putting all its eggs in one basket: at its developer conference, it hosted a session for HTML5, the competitor to Flash that Apple’s Steve Jobs has embraced. Google has said it sees Adobe Flash and HTML5 coexisting (I personally do not agree with Google on this point).
Some have accused Google of being duplicitous, but I think that is an unfair accusation. Google is just trying to keep all its options open, which it ought to do, especially after the failure of its smartphone, Nexus One.