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Exclusive: Adobe ceases development on mobile browser Flash, refocuses efforts on HTML5 | ZDNet
Exclusive: Adobe ceases development on mobile browser Flash, refocuses efforts on HTML5
By Jason Perlow | November 8, 2011, 9:17pm PST
Summary: Adobe has briefed developers on the impending cessation of mobile flash browser plugin development.
Sources close to Adobe that have been briefed on the company’s future development plans have revealed this forthcoming announcement 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.
Additionally, the e-mail briefing to Adobe’s partners has been summed up as follows:
- 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)
- Increasing their investments in HTML5 in general
The full content and scope of the announcement is expected to be posted on the Adobe web site in the next day.
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- „New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.“ (http://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughts-on-flash/)
Exactly. Jobs was right then and now and all the phony moralizing, whining, complaining etc…by anti-Apple or Adobe shills never changed the fact that Flash is crap for mobile and hopefully soon gets taken off the desktop soon too.
- The problem is the content that’s made, not Flash itself. If you try and do the same thing in HTML5 it will kill the browser / battery / device just as much, or more!
Why is no-one doing any proper speed tests to show how slow HTML is when trying to do multimedia content in the browser. Come on guys!
- @tarwin Google and Apple have been slow to hardware acclerate Canvas‘ 2d drawing context, but that is changing.
iOS5 has GPU acceleration, but its JS engine isn’t quite as fast at V8 on chrome.
Android’s HTML5 feature set is far behind iOS, and Google’s desktop browser, but I think that is going to change very soon.
Pair V8/crankshaft+GPU acceleration for HTML5 Canvas,and I don’t think we’ll miss flash in the least.
- Well, there goes Flash. If you have to use HTML 5 for mobile, you might as well use it for desktop as well.
- Now that Adobe killed flash, will Google turn to JavaFX?
Was JavaFX really ever used much? I think it’ll fade into obscurity with flash, silverlight, and other plugins as HTML5 adoption increases.
- Flash is Dead. The witch is dead. The witch is dead.
- I feel indifferent about this. Flash is such a beast that developers and designers will always find the use for it. Look at entertainment websites.. Most or All are Adobe Flash based websites. HTML5 and CSS3 is nice, but will continue to evolve and have cross browser issues. What’s going to happen when they develop HTML 6 and CSS4? More bugs and issues… at least Flash will always be consistent across any web browser platform.
- Nice, wonder how miniclip is gonna evolve
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