Earlier this week ZDnet got hold of some crazy statement from an Adobe insider, stating that they will be stopping development of Flash for mobile and tablet devices. And now, Adobe has confirmed that it most definitely is going to stop the development of Flash Player for mobile, however, it will provide bug fixes and support to all devices using the Flash Player.
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Apple devices have never supported Flash in the first place, stating that Adobe Flash is something not required for a mobile phone, it is vulnerable to attacks, gives poor battery life and more. Even Steve Jobs made it clear in an official note, why the iPhone will never support Flash, but instead go with HTML 5. Looks like the guys at Adobe have finally realized that he was right and have now come to their senses. Flash is also one of most important point that Android users talk about when bashing iPhone and iOS, saying that the iPhone is useless because it cannot run flash. Well, it looks like all the Android phones in the world are going to be useless as well. Here’s what Adobe has to say;
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.
Instead, Adobe is now going to put more effort, time and invest on the growing HTML 5 technology that can do everything that Flash can and is better. They also said that a Flash Player 12 will be released, which will be the final version and new Android devices will not come with Flash, as version 11.1 will be the last on mobile devices. It’s best if all mobile makers shift their focus on making their devices HTML 5 compatible, well, most new phones already are.
It’s not like Adobe Flash Player for Android will not be available anymore, but no development on it is good as it being dead. Looks like Apple and Steve Jobs were right all along, Android users must know think of new things to disgrace iOS devices.