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Adobe to Shut Down Flash Support for Mobile Devices to Focus on HTML5

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Adobe has announced they will shut down Flash support for mobile devices and concentrate on Adobe AIR and HTML5:

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.

We all know Apple’s decision to bypass Adobe and provide Flash support on iOS devices, as mentioned in a rant posted a while back by Steve Jobs.

His anger towards Adobe goes back to 1999, when he asked the company to make Adobe Premiere for a new version of the iMac. Adobe shunned Jobs, and this made him furious. As he said in his biography:

“I put Adobe on the map, and they screwed me.”

Walter Isaacson writes Jobs never forgot this, and got his revenge soon later:

“Jobs never forgave Adobe, and a decade later he got into a public war with the company by not permitting Adobe Flash to run on the iPad.”

Looks like you’ve won, Steve. The Flash war is over.

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  • Johnny

    Way to go Steve! You were right from the beginning about this &%?*$ Adobe company! Who do they think they are!?

  • Anonymous

    Far away… we hear Steve laughing….

  • Just common sense.

  • Kirk

    Oh snap… PWN’ed!!!

  • Kraken

    It’s still going to take years to transition sites completely off Flash.  It’s not like it’s going to happen overnight.

  • Buklau

    Wow I can’t believe he won…

  • luca

    This is bull. Jobs never wanted flash on their phones just so people can buy / rent movies and tv shows from itunes other than watching it on their devises and buy games as apps other than playing them for free on their phones. I have splash top as an app so i connect to my pc and i kind get flash so basically im using my pc on my iphone still good 🙂

  • Yuppers. Talk about a victory.

  • Anonymous

    This is wrong. People should have the right to choose if they want flash on their device or not!

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