Adobe is stopping development of Flash Player for browsers on the mobile platform, ZD Net reports. From now, the company will be focusing its efforts on HTML5 and mobile apps.
On its official blog, Adobe has announced that the company won’t be developing Flash for mobile anymore.
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 news comes as a huge relief for both Steve Jobs’s fans as well as HTML5 supporters as the future of mobile won’t be in the hands of a monopolistic company. The late Steve Jobs who criticized Adobe back in 2010 with a simple post titled ‘Thoughts on Flash‘ was spot on when he pointed out some of the platform’s shortcomings. Flash, he said, was not open, was unreliable, had security issues, and wasn’t suited for mobile as it consumed a huge amount of battery life. Rarely comes a time when FOSS enthusiasts and Apple agree upon something and that was one of such rare moments.
As to how this announcement will affect the mobile ecosystem, only time will tell; however, our beloved Android might suffer a bit from this announcement. With the cessation of Flash for mobile, websites will be forced to adopt HTLM5 in order to reach the rapidly growing mobile audience. Hence, after a while, consumers who flocked to Android simply to surf websites in their full glory might hop back on the Apple bandwagon. No matter how it affects the ongoing Android-Apple battle, this announcement undoubtedly brings back smiles on the faces of HTML5 supporters and open source enthusiasts. Thank you Adobe for giving us a better future.
Source : ZDNet
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