Adobe Ends Flash For Mobile, Turns Attention To HTML5

Major non-T-Mobile related news happening today as Adobe decides to end development on Flash Mobile Player browser plug-ins for mobile devices.

“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,” said Adobe. “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.”

Taking this a step forward Adobe has said they would begin concentrating their focus on HTML5 products:

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 will continue to issue security updates and bug fixes for all Mobile Flash platforms as this decision shocks us as a complete about-face for the company which has feverishly defended Flash for Mobile in the past. Adobe has spent years working to optimize their software for mobile phones and yet, we’re not surprised by this decision. In fact, we’re happy that Adobe has decided to move toward a more universal platform that will make discovering and enjoying content across mobile platforms a better experience.

Read the full statement on Adobe’s blog.

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