Adobe abandons mobile Flash development, report says{1}

by Marco M
“Adobe flash on the way out”

A statement released by Adobe announced that they will no longer continue to develop their Flash Player plug-in for mobile browsers; Adobe added that “end of the Flash era on the web is coming soon.” Adobe is now focusing on the development of a different application packaging

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program based on the HTML5 protocol. Although Adobe has provided software tools to mobile developers to create mobile apps that would work across platforms such as Android, iOS and BlackBerry OS, developers have said that coding with a non-native language leads to loss of app performance. For many years, critics of Adobe Flash had said that the platform was fundamentally unstable on mobile browsers, so Adobe is conceding that Flash is not an appropriate product for mobile devices. Others commented saying, “Adobe has lost so much credibility with the community that [perhaps Adobe Flash will be] bought by someone else that can bring some stability and eventually some credibility back to the Flash Platform”.

HTML5 should not get all the credit for the demise of Adobe Flash; JavaScript and CSS also contributed.  Apple Computers contributed as well, by purposely barring Adobe Flash from use on all iOS devices.

This article explains the reasons Adobe Flash is being discontinued and also, the reason developers are glad to see it go. At the same time, some developers expressed the opinion that Adobe Flash should be re-designed and made more efficient, particularly by using fewer resources from browsers in general.

I think that HTML5 offers a more practical and efficient alternative to Adobe Flash as more developers of apps, web 2.0 and others embrace it.