Adobe might stop work on its mobile Flash player, nixes 750 jobs too
0. phoneArena 09 Nov 2011, 02:13 posted on
Sources "close to Adobe" have revealed that the company might stop its development of the mobile Flash player we all know and love on our Android devices, and the BlackBerry PlayBook, and also lay off 750 people...
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1. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)
This is absolutely huge. Hopefully this is a step away from flash for all platforms.
2. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Looks like Steve Jobs was right. Mobile flash was DOA
6. Sniggly (Posts: 7281; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
We'll see what the actual implications of this are, considering that there are different versions of Flash; there's the full Flash that works on desktops and phones, and there's the Flash Lite that only works on phones.
Since most Android phones are at version 2.2 and above, and no one is really selling Eclair or below phones anymore, the biggest market for mobile Flash has dried up.
15. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
"We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates."
Flash isnt dead, its just not getting further development. Honestly, it works pretty flawless as it is. You will never understand how much internet you are missing, taco.
We all know eventually HTML5 will replace flash, but that point is still a long long way off. The bulk of smartphones are flash enabled (yes, android is almost the majority as well), most web sites are flash first over HTML5, and the desktop version of flash is still supported and developed. Unless Android drops flash support (which i doubt that will happen in the next dozen years), mobile flash will never be dead... and it will always be on the majority of smartphones once android passes the 51% marketshare mark.. which it looks like it will do in the next year or 2.
Dont start having your "SJ was right" cake just yet.
3. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
That's correct -- Flash was made for PC's involving a mouse.
4. drahmad (Posts: 480; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)
i think by mobile version he meant "flashlite". Because flashplayer for androidis a great hit.
8. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Lol, DoA. Flash is absolutely horrible on a mobile device. People using it as a pro for Android phones having never really talk about the problems.
18. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Security issues, lag, unresponsiveness, forced closing, etc. I know these are typical Android problems, but Flash tends to make things worst.
13. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
Um, I probably spend a good hour or two a day reading the news whether its online on my tablet or using .the news 360 app and I watch plenty of flash videos with no problem ...
14. lpratas (Posts: 137; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
In Android phones like Galaxy S II it's smooth and fluid even in full HD. I don't see any problems of the Adobe Flash player make part of the Android browsers in phones like this. In future phones with the innovations of hardware like Qualcomm Krait, Nvidia Kal-El, Exynos 4212, among others, still will may be better.
16. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
which problem with that? all the problems you speak of were early on with flash on android. flash for android has worked flawlessly for quite some time.
20. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)
I gotta say, in 2009 Flash may have been not so hot.... But now? It's great on Android devices.
10. GJanee (Posts: 214; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)
so in the end it came down to the point that many of us stated already a long ago: flash for smartphones is a nogo. at least developers will focus more on html5 from now on.
11. lpratas (Posts: 137; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
I think that is the biggest stupidity that Adobe make. Now that the Android Smartphones started to have powerful hardware they take this stupid decision. Then what is the advantage of have a dual core phone or quad core phone with graphic acceleration and 1GB or more of ram? Is that, they don't even think to consider ending the support. Because the millions of Android users go to reclaim. It's the thing most absurd that i read today.
12. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2025; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
No more flash on future phone's? ? Lol damn j just switched to android ..
17. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
no, it said it wont support NEW platforms, but will continue to support current ones. Android will have flash for probably a long time to come until Adobe themselves pulls flash off the market.. which i doubt will happen. Android is the largest mobile OS and is dangerously close to taking "majority" status as it approaches 51% of the market.
In that sense, mobile flash is stronger than ever.. with or without "new features" or OSs