Adobe might stop work on its mobile Flash player, nixes 750 jobs too

Adobe might stop work on its mobile Flash player, nixes 750 jobs too
Now that would be a sad day for democracy - 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

We don't know yet if that will affect the latest release that was expected to boost performance multiple times introducing a hardware-accelerated component called Stage 3D, because after the desktop version, Stage 3D was supposed to show up in Android Market, and never materialized. 

The sources have sent a statement, which Adobe is expected to post officially today, and it seems that the company will be focusing more on Adobe AIR and native apps done with it, as well as HTML5 work, rather than develop the Flash player further. 

Well, it was fun while it lasted, and even if the player stays in its current state, it should be still good to bear the transitional period in which everyone moves on to HTML5.

This might have been forced by cost-cutting initiatives, since we doubt Adobe earns much from its mobile Flash player but development hassles. The company said that it will let 750 people go during the restructuring, focusing on digital media and marketing. Music to our ears was the announcement that it will deepen the development of "touch-based" apps for tablets, which means that excellent Photoshop-on-a-tablet demo it showed won't go to waste. 

Adobe expects this restructuring to cost it up to $94 million, mainly for severance pay. The company will be briefing financial analysts on the decision today, so stay tuned for more news from the Adobe camp.

source: Adobe & ZDNet



1. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

This is absolutely huge. Hopefully this is a step away from flash for all platforms.

2. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Looks like Steve Jobs was right. Mobile flash was DOA

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: Apr 16, 2011

That's correct -- Flash was made for PC's involving a mouse.

4. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

i think by mobile version he meant "flashlite". Because flashplayer for androidis a great hit.

5. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

*android is*

7. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Ther goes iFans {they will attack}

8. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Problems? Like what?

18. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 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: Oct 07, 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 ...

19. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Sure you can.

14. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: Jul 07, 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: Jun 29, 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: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 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: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

No more flash on future phone's? ? Lol damn j just switched to android ..

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

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