Nov 11, 2011

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Adobe Halts Flash Player Development For Mobile Browsers

Adobe Halts Flash Player Development For Mobile Browsers

Adobe recently announced that it was discontinuing the development of its Flash Player for mobile devices in order to focus more on the development of HTML5 for mobile devices. Citing that HTML5 is “the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms,” development of Flash Player for mobile will stop following the release of version 11.1.

Focus then will shift to HTML5 with the advanced gaming and premium video options it offers. Adobe aims to allow Flash developers to package their mobile apps with Adobe AIR. Though Adobe is halting its development for the mobile Flash Player, the company still plans to work on Flash Player 12 for PC web browsers. The company also said that it hopes to “offer developers and content publishers great options for delivering compelling web and application experiences across PCs and devices.” VP at Adobe, Danny Winokur, remarks:

“We are super excited about the next generations of HTML5 and Flash. Together they offer developers and content publishers great options for delivering compelling web and application experiences across PCs and devices.”

In the past, there had been some conflict between Apple and Adobe in concerns of the Flash Player. Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple, had stated that the decision to not support Flash on Apple’s mobile devices was due to Flash being a closed platform. He explained that while Adobe claimed that it was an open system and Apple was closed, the opposite was true.

[Update via ZDnet] It’s reported that sources close to Adobe had the following comment:

“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.”

[Sources: Gamasutra, ZDnet]