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Adobe abandons work on Flash Player for mobile devices

Adobe Flash PlayerYes, this is true. Adobe abandons work on Flash Player for mobile devices.

Software developer Adobe Systems is halting development of its Flash Player plug-in for mobile devices.

As BBC claims ” Adobe says it now believes the alternative HTML 5 technology offers the “best solution” because it is “universally supported””.

As most of us know, Flash Player is banned from iPhone and iPad, it works on Android, Blackberry and other mobile platforms. In the past, Flash delivered a lot to the web browsers and the experience was just amazing. Over the last two years, Flash Player was delivered to mobile devices to bring the same experience to the mobile devices users while browsing through the web.

Because HTML 5 is now widely supported on mobile platforms, this makes it a perfect method of deploying content in  the web browsers on mobile devices. Adobe are now joining other “big players” to spend more time and efforts to bring full HTML 5 experience to the users.

As Danny Winokur, vice-president and general manager, interactive development at Adobe, says:

” 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.”

This will allow Adobe to focus on HTML 5 and bring innovations to Flash in gaming and video, as Danny states. Adobe are already working on Flash Player 12 with some new features in delivering high-definition entertainment experience.

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