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Adobe ceasing development of mobile Flash
by Derek Kessler on 11/9/2011 | Filed Under: News; Tags: - none - | 40 comments

Chalk it up to a victory for open standards, the slow progress of Adobe, or the intervention of unicorns from Neptune, whatever you like really, as Adobe Flash for mobile is done and over. Adobe is going to be refocusing their efforts on Adobe AIR for mobile apps and HTML5 development tools. Said Danny Winokur, VP and GM of interactive development at Adobe:

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.

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 continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook.  We will of course continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations.  We will also allow our source code licensees to continue working on and release their own implementations.

So what does this mean for webOS? It means that unless HP (or whoever possibly purchases webOS) makes updates to the build of Flash Palm, HP, and Adobe worked on for webOS 2.0 and webOS 3.0, you’re not going to see any updates to Flash. But Flash isn't going to disappear off your device either. Which is all well-and-good, we suppose. Flash on the TouchPad wasn’t terrible, so long as what you wanted to do was watch videos. Cursor-drive interaction wasn’t great at all, and Flash on webOS smartphones? Don’t get us started on that debacle.

So let’s put Flash behind us, shall we? It’s time to ride off into a glorious HTML5-powered sunset.