Adobe signals end of mobile Flash
09 Nov 2011
No new versions as company focuses on Adobe AIR and HTML5
It seems strange that, for many years, we have all been desperate to see Flash on our mobile phones. Indeed, it's something Android owners have been able to crow about since Android Froyo and something Apple owners have never seen. But soon, mobile Flash will be history.
According to ZDNet, a statement will be released today that puts the final nail in the mobile Flash coffin. It will say: 'Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.'
An additional email to the company's partners added that Adobe is ending development on Flash Player for browsers on mobile and instead, focusing its efforts on applications for mobile and increasing investment on HTML5 in general. In short, working on alternative ways of doing similar things.
While some will be frustrated and disappointed by Adobe's statement, you probably won't see many tears at Apple. The company has consistently refused to use Flash on its mobile platforms, with the late Steve Jobs being a particularly vocal critic. In 2010, he was seriously cutting, airing concerns about security, reliability and battery life when Flash is in the mix. While Adobe would no doubt refute those claims, Apple's rejection of the platform was always going to make it tough for Flash to make its mark universally on mobile devices. Apple, it seems, has won the war.