Adobe Kills Flash for Mobile

Chris HolmokSo Steve Jobs was right, and even now Adobe agrees. Flash is not a good fit for mobile. Adobe announced recently that it was stopping development (but will continue with security updates and bug fixes) for flash player for web browsers on all mobile devices. They released this statement to ZDNet:
“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.”

This is a posthumous victory for Jobs. He insisted that Flash on mobile was buggy and will become irrelevant due to native apps and the feature rich HTML supported on most mobile devices. It seems that even Adobe agrees. Some think the iPhone market share and complete lack of support may have played a role.

What does this mean for future mobile devices buyers where a “purchase point” for getting an android device was, “well at least it can do flash” is no longer relevant? Will this be a ding in the Android’s purchase appeal? We can only wait and see.

Here’s more industry reaction to the end of Flash for mobile:

Hey Adobe, Thanks for Seeing the (Flash) Light

The Fretful Future of Flash

Google Quietly Supportive of Adobe’s Move to Muffle Flash

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