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Adobe ceases development on mobile browser Flash,

awjr (1248008) writes | more than 2 years ago


awjr (1248008) writes "Jason Perlow has a bit of a scoop on Adobe discontinuing Flash on mobile browsers. This probably explains the recent purchase of Phonegap. For those who do not want to RTFA:

"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."

Maybe Steve Jobs was right on this one."

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Two things (1)

dogmatixpsych (786818) | more than 2 years ago | (#37998130)

1. Steve Jobs was right.

2. Adobe is a well-run company that knows when to drop a product and stick with progress. Some other companies would stick with their product if it was the last thing they ever did. At least Adobe is showing that they are willing to adapt. Flash is good for some things and it's not going away for at least a few years but it has no place on mobile devices, particularly not with some of the ridiculous data caps providers impose.

Re:Two things (1)

awjr (1248008) | more than 2 years ago | (#37998276)

I think with where Adobe were taking Flash ( v11 bringing 3D) I think they pretty much realized they would have to branch Flash again. They've invested in PhoneGap and are supporting JQuery Mobile.

I still think the real issue for me, personally, is going to be the slow switch from Flash to HTML5 adverts. They are going to be a real pain to block.

Re:Two things (1)

dogmatixpsych (786818) | more than 2 years ago | (#37999320)

HTML5 ads will be a pain to block. Hopefully someone figures it out pretty quickly though. I have to add that I don't block any ads though (other than pop-ups/unders - those are obnoxious). I don't have a problem with most ads and I tend not to visit sites with intrusively annoying ads anyway.
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