If I were Adobe, I personally would have long since rolled my own browser quietly as a skunkworks project as soon as Apple made it clear that they weren't going to acquiesce to a kind request. (Whether or not I would have continued with the back-and-forth he-said-she-said bickering about "being open" is another story.) Any back-room talks I may have had, I can't speculate, but I may consider offering some encouragement to Mozilla and Opera (C'mon, guys... Wouldn't it be cool if you had your browser on the iPhone?). The second that you heard that Opera's was available in the App Store, I would very publicly submit my app to the App Store. (I'm not saying that it's not a dick move, but I probably would have done it to push my agenda...)
So as to not push the issue of 'replacing Apple's builtin app functionality' (ostensibly the reason Google Voice
So, why hasn't Adobe rolled their own Flash browser?
(I personally have no direct financial stake in either Apple's or Adobe's success. (Indirectly I have stake in Apple because I keep giving them their money and am learning to develop for their platforms when not doing things like occasional speculative blogging, family time, the day job, or sleep...) I hate Flash because on Windows it's a performance hog (it's worse on Mac and Linux), and because so many people use it for awful things like advertising and accessibility-hostile content.)