Adobe Ending Development of Flash Player for Mobile

By - Posted under: News, Web, Web App on November 10, 2011

It has been wildly speculated that Adobe will announce the development of Flash Player for mobile platform will come to an end very soon.

It is no surprise. Earlier in March, Adobe announced Flash to HTML5 conversion tool code name Wallaby. That was the first sign of Adobe giving up the development of Flash Player for mobile platform.

Sources close to Adobe that have been briefed on the company’s future development plans have revealed this forthcoming announcement 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.

Additionally, the e-mail briefing to Adobe’s partners has been summed up as follows:

  • Adobe is Stopping development on Flash Player for browsers on mobile.

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

So what does that mean to web developer?

First of all, we can’t say that we didn’t see it coming. There were signs all over and especially when Apple’s Steve Jobs refusal to provide support for Flash for Mobile on iPhone and iPad platform.

Secondly, there were lots of web developer has already developed websites that support Flash and will have to invest the time and resources to continue to provide support to these websites, or have to take the next step by converting the Flash websites to HTML5 platform.

At Zymora we do not encourage our customers to develop a Flash website because we always felt that if the whole website is developed using Flash, the performance and loading time of the page became an issue, and with the booming of Tablet (iPad and Android tablet), smart phones (iPhone, Android phones, BlackBerry, etc), the Flash website will have performance issues and most often than not, will not be displayed at all. That’s hundreds of millions devices that can’t access the website.

HTML5, we believe, will be the platform that we should all invest in. That is the reason why we invest our time and effort to gain traction in the HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery platform as we want to provide the best flexible solutions to our customers.

Update:Even as this post is published, ZDnet has just confirmed that Flash is Dead, Long Live HTML5

[Original news from Engadget and ZDnet]

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