Adobe has confirmed on Wednesday, that it will no longer develop its Flash Player for mobile platforms.
ZDnet reports :-
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.
This action by Adobe, is exactly what Jobs told the company that is should do in a letter, which was sent in a reply to public criticism of Apple for omitting the technology last year.
Here is the excerpt from the letter expressing thoughts on Flash :-
Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.
New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.
In 2010, Apple ceased support for Flash on Mobile Safari and claimed it to be an outdated technology.Now Adobe will refocus their efforts on HTML 5 which is supported by more Websites than Flash did. HTML 5 is a better performing, secure alternative for Flash and its also open source.
Adobe’s Flash will have continued support in PC browsers with their new Flash Player 11, claiming to offer console quality graphics on a Web browser and is said to be working on Flash Player 12 for PCs. The complete announcement by Adobe has been posted on their blog.