Adobe Says Goodbye to Mobile Flash Player
Adobe announced today (Nov. 9) that it will be discontinuing its Adobe Flash Player for mobile devices.
The company — which said its last version of Flash Player will be released soon — plans to focus more on HTML5 and other technologies.
"We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations, following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook," the company said on its blog. "We will of course continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations. We will also allow our source code licensees to continue working on and release their own implementations."
The company noted that since HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, and exclusively in some cases such as iOS and Windows Phone, it will focus its attention around those efforts instead.
"This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms,” Adobe said. “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."
The company also said that its 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.