Adobe Confirms the End of Flash Mobile Player

Finally, Adobe has confirmed that news that it is going to discontinue its Flash Mobile Player and the company’s focus has now shifted to HTML5 at least for mobile market.

Adobe Vice President and General Manager for Interactive Development, Danny Winokur said in a blog post, “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.”

Adobe was in conflict with Apple’s visionary Steve Jobs over the issue of adding support for Flash on all mobile devices. Though late, the company has realized that HTML5 is the best available choice for mobile devices and its developer partners. Winokur said in a blog post that “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.”

However, this cannot be considered as the death of Flash as millions of Flash developers are already out there working hard to get a chance to port their products to mobile devices, such as iPhone and iPad which don’t support Flash at all. Adobe still has the opportunity to work with the developers to wrap their products with its Adobe Air, a runtime that allows Flash developers to install standalone apps on several platforms with no Flash Player needed.

According to Adobe, the Flash Player support for mobile browser will end after the launch Flash Player version 11.1. Adobe will continue to improve and fix bugs and security updates for current device configurations.

Adobe make it clear that they are not going to completely end their Flash program rather the software will be paired with the HTML5 in future versions. The forthcoming Flash version 12 will sport features “for a smooth transition to HTML5 as the standards evolve so developers can confidently invest knowing their skills will continue to be leveraged.”

The Adobe decision is a victory of Steve Jobs’ views that according to him was full of bugs as well as security concerns.

On the future perspectives of both HTML5 and Flash, Winokur states in his post:

“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.”

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