Adobe Dropping Flash Player For Smartphones
November 9, 2011

Adobe Dropping Flash Player For Smartphones

Adobe said on Wednesday morning that it has decided to cease developing its Flash Player plug-in for mobile browsers.

The company said it will no longer adapt its Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations, but instead Adobe will be focusing on alternative applications programs like HTML5 protocol.

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, said the company's iPhones would never support Adobe's Flash, but instead would use HTML5.

"We don´t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash," Jobs said in a blog post about Flash in April 2010.

"Flash has not performed well on mobile devices," Jobs continued. "We have routinely asked Adobe to show us Flash performing well on a mobile device, any mobile device, for a few years now. We have never seen it."

Jobs continued to say Flash was not built for mobile because of how it sucked battery life down.

"The mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards — all areas where Flash falls short," Jobs said.

Jobs not only predicted this mobile Flash era to come to an end, but also for HTML5 to be its predecessor.

"HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively," Adobe said in a press release. "This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms."

Adobe said it was excited about the new transition and that it would continue to work with "key players" in the HTML community.


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