Year after Steve Job’s war on Flash, its finally over, at least for the mobile.
Adobe today announced that they will no longer work on developing new versions of Flash player on any mobile devices for Browsers including the ones on Android, Playbook, however, they would continue to support the existing versions. What this means is Flash would continue to work on our Android, other smartphones, but don’t expect any improvements.
Adobe is shifting the focus to develop Native Flash (AIR) based apps on mobile, which exist vastly on Android and even on iOS. Other than that, Adobe would focus on HTML5 tools that would reshape the future of web for desktop and mobile browsers, alike.
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.
These changes will allow Adobe increase investment in HTML5 and innovate with Flash where it can have most impact for the industry, including advanced gaming and premium video. Flash Player 11 for PC browsers just introduced dozens of new features, including hardware accelerated 3D graphics for console-quality gaming and premium HD video with content protection. Future is all about native apps with AIR that run on hundreds of millions of mobile devices through all the popular app stores, including the iTunes App Store, Android Market, Amazon Appstore for Android and BlackBerry App World.