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Adobe stops mobile Flash development


Tech news website Zdnet has discovered Adobe is to cease development of the mobile browser flash whilst refocusing on HTML5, from an email sent to them by a source close to Adobe.

Zdnet has published the email which was sent to Adobe partners, and reads: '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.’

This missive goes on to state – ‘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.'

The email also notes: ‘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) and increasing their investments in HTML5 in general.


Adobe has now made public this information here.

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Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.