Adobe abandons Mobile Flash

by Carlos R
The article I chose to discuss about this week regards Adobe and how they quietly stopped working on mobile flash. Nobody really expected the abrupt ending, and some people feel they didn’t handle the announcement properly. An employee from Adobe was quoted in the article when he said that they were all very clear when it came to what they were trying to do with mobile flash, but it was hard to explain why they were doing it. This is due to the fact that Adobe had been having a hard time trying to get flash on phones, it just was not happening as easy as it has been on computers. The article talked about how HTML 5 is looking to dominate phones, and it appeared to Adobe that they could better benefit if they backed up HTML 5 instead of trying to further advance mobile flash. One reason they stated in the article about why flash wasn’t going to grow on mobile phone is the idea of apps. When people get their phones, they immediately go to their respective app market to download and play apps. Since there’s millions of apps, this resulted in mobile flash on browsers being largely unneeded.

In my opinion, the idea of Adobe killing of flash seemed really strange at first. We’re all used to flash, it’s been around for a long time. Its part of every computer I would use, and lots of websites were useless without it. So to see a halt in production of it on phones was pretty odd. It is true though that HTML 5 has a lot of capabilities that can make life easier than having to always have flash.

I feel Adobe made the right call in the end, because they could have wasted a lot of resources if they had stuck to their mobile flash to eventually see it die a harsher death. Instead, they’re putting all their strength behind HTML 5 and improve on that, which I think is a good call. We are going to see a lot of neat things in the future with regards to HTML advancements.


Chris Velazco. (November 11, 2011). Why Mobile Flash Died: An Adobe Employee Speaks Out. In TechCrunch. Retrieved January 22, 2012, from

3 thoughts on “Adobe abandons Mobile Flash”

  1. I too agree with you that Adobe made the right decision to abandon flash. mobile flash is useful, but its such a resource hog. Using 3rd party app on Apple devices to play flash is such a hassle but its the only to do it, and the negative side effect is flash makes the battery drain much faster. I personally can not wait for more sites to use HTML 5 instead of flash.

  2. I too agree that Adobe made the correct decision in stopping the mobile version of flash. with so many people using Apple products and Apple standing behind HTML5 it was only a matter of time before Adobe was going to need to do something. I think it took them longer to accept the fact that they were going to need to change then it should have. I also believe that they were able to save face by stopping mobile flash before they were basically forced to.

  3. Same here agreed with that, flash is no longer necessary on a mobile platform with so many App’s saturating their respective markets. And it was a smart move for them to stop putting money on a resource that was not going to go anywhere. It might take a while for any of us to see if they made the right decision since HTML5 has not run its course yet, but we will see. Hopefully HTML5 can help in the mobile market.

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