Adobe to Abandon Flash Player for Mobile

Nov 10, 2011

Though Adobe has delivered Flash Player to mobile browsers and has been a strong proponent of Flash in a face-off against Apple, which rejected its usefulness on mobile platforms, Adobe announced on its blog that it would discontinue Flash development for mobile and instead focus on HTML5 efforts. Danny Winokur, vice president and general manager of interactive development at Adobe and author of the blog post, says that since HTML5 is universally supported on mobile devices, it is "the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across multiple platforms."

Adobe says it will work with Flash developers to create native apps for major app stores using Adobe AIR, but will no longer develop Flash Player for mobile browsers and operating systems. The last Flash Player developed for mobile browsers will be the upcoming Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry Playbook. The company is also reportedly stopping support of Flash on connected TVs. Adobe will continue developing Flash Player for desktop PCs.