Adobe Kills Flash for Mobile

Posted by Sam Churchill on

Adobe is killing Flash Player for mobile devices. According to their web site:

Over the past two years, we’ve delivered Flash Player for mobile browsers and brought the full expressiveness of the web to many mobile devices.

However, HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively. This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms. We are excited about this, and will continue our work with key players in the HTML community, including Google, Apple, Microsoft and RIM, to drive HTML5 innovation they can use to advance their mobile browsers.

Adobe remains committed to its AIR platform for a more native experience, and the company will continue to work on Flash Player for desktop operating systems, but for mobile devices, HTML-5 will be the future.

Adobe confirmed that it will no longer develop Flash for mobile devices after its next release.

“We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook. The company will, however, continue to provide “critical bug fixes and security updates” for existing devices running the software.”

In April 2010, Steve Jobs outlined his Thoughts on Flash, and why Apple left it out of IOS devices.

More recently, Microsoft said the Metro-style version of Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 will not support plugins, meaning it will not support Adobe Flash.

While often touted as a big advantage of the Android OS, killing Flash for mobile will benefit that platform as much as anything, opines James Kendrick.

The news comes a day after Adobe revealed plans to axe 750 jobs as part of an effort to place more focus on digital media and digital marketing. The cuts represent more than 7% of the company’s workforce.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 at 9:06 am .

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