Adobe Stops Development of Flash Mobile Browser
Adobe has ceased the development of Flash Player for browsers on mobile devices, ZDNet reports citing an upcoming announcement from Adobe.
“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,” says Adobe’s announcement which is reportedly due to be released today.
Instead, Adobe will focus its development efforts on mobile apps and HTML5.
This is quite a hit for Android and its developers, since Flash support on Android devices was often highlighted as one of the advantages of that platform over Apple’s iOS.
It’s also a big victory for Apple, a company that claimed – most famously in Steve Jobs’s open letter on Flash – that Flash simply isn’t reliable, secure or fast enough to be used on mobile devices.