Adobe drops Flash for mobile browsers

Joseph O'Halloran ©RapidTVNews | 10-11-2011

In what amounts to a posthumous victory for Steve Jobs, Adobe has dropped Flash player support for mobile browsers thus leaving HTML5 to dominate mobile video.
The move will delight the millions of iPad users frustrated by the frequent lack of support for some video streams on their devices; by equal measure it is a blow for maker of Android devices who had played the Flash card against Apple and Jobs in particular who had long regarded Flash as an inappropriate standard for video on mobile devices.
Going forward Adobe will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in a browser to work with new mobile device configurations following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and, surprisingly given the fact that it has not taken off at all, the BlackBerry PlayBook.
Explaining the reasons for the move, and putting a rather brave face on what amounts to a loss, Danny Winokur, vice president & general manager, Adobe interactive development said: “Over the past two years, we’ve delivered Flash Player for mobile browsers and brought the full expressiveness of the web to many mobile devices. However, HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively. This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms. We are excited about this, and will continue our work with key players in the HTML community, including Google, Apple, Microsoft and RIM, to drive HTML5 innovation they can use to advance their mobile browsers.”

However, Winokur confirmed that Adobe will be turning its attention to the AIR product line and support for apps and app stores, including the iTunes App Store, Android Market, Amazon Appstore for Android and BlackBerry App World.