Adobe no longer doing Flash for mobile

by Emma Dunn

Rumours are circulating this morning suggesting that Adobe will cease Flash development for browsers on mobile devices, according to tech blog ZDnet.

Instead, the tech giant will focus on developing mobile apps and HTML 5.

This will come as a real blow for Android, who made a big song and dance about the fact that they could support Flash while other mobile operating systems – namely iOS – could not.

However, this news will be a real boost for Apple. Steve Jobs must be laughing down from the big Apple store in the sky – as it was no secret that the former Apple boss was less than enamoured with the software, going as far as to write an open letter to Adobe about his gripes with the system.

In a nutshell, Jobs thought that Flash was designed for “PCs and mice”, was too insecure, slow and unreliable for mobile devices. Not to mention that it drains the battery something rotten.

Adobe’s official announcement, which is expected sometime later today, goes into more detail: “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.”

Will you miss mobile Flash? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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