Adobe trashes Flash Player for mobile, embraces HTML5

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Adobe, the company behind Flash Player, is shutting it down and pivoting to development work on HTML5. There will be no new work done to develop Flash Player for mobile devices. This was disclosed in a mail to ZDnet.

Excerpt from the mail sent by Adobe to ZDnet:

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.

Adobe Flash Player for mobile
Adobe Flash Player for mobile

In the news item by ZDnet, Adobe is reported to have stated in an email that they are stopping development work on Flash for mobile browsers, and now focussing on HTML5 instead. Adobe is now focusing their development efforts on:

  • Applications for mobile
  • Expressive content on the desktop (in and out of browser)
  • Increasing their investments in HTML5 in general


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