Adobe Throws-In The Mobile Flash Towel


Overnight, we caught wind of a rumor that Adobe was preparing to announce its intent to cease work on Flash Player for mobile devices. Sure enough, the company has now made things official, revealing that the end of the road has come for Flash on smartphones.

While the wording of the company’s statement regarding its decision differs slightly from the quote attached to last night’s rumor, the gist is pretty much the same. Android devices and the BlackBerry PlayBook will get a final release, in the form of Flash Player 11.1, and that’s all she wrote (security bugfix updates aside). As far as Adobe is concerned, Flash will stay on the PC, where the power consumption and performance requirements that so-plagued mobile Flash won’t be issues.

Adobe cites the wide support for HTML5 as the primary motivation for the decision. HTML5 has always been thought of as a potential Flash-killer; it looks like it just earned that title. Adobe presents this move not as a failure of Flash, but as an opportunity to increase its involvement with HTML5.

While some smartphone users will undoubtedly be disappointed by this news, others are seeing it as validation of Apple’s long-standing rejection of Flash for iOS. Should Adobe have given-up on Flash for smartphones long ago? What about the ever-increasing power of smartphone hardware; could mobile Flash have become a greater success if Adobe just waited a little longer for hardware to mature?

Source: Adobe

Via: Phandroid

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!