Adobe officially pulls the plug on Flash for mobile, focusing on HTML5

Adobe officially pulls the plug on Flash for mobile, focusing on HTML5
Just as rumored earlier today, Adobe officially announced that it will cease further development efforts on its mobile version of the Flash player, and only offer bug fixes and other support functions. 

The company is intent to shift its mobile efforts to HTML5 as the future of web standards, pulling the plug on Flash, which it acquired together with the purchase of Macromedia in 2005.

So the current Adobe Flash Player 11 edition in Android Market and for the BlackBerry Playbook will forever stay in our minds as the last major version before mobile Flash was put out to pasture. 

Adobe says in the press release, however, that there will be an upcoming Adobe Flash Player 11.1 update, and this will be the last one. If it includes the promised Stage 3D hardware-accelerated rendering present in the desktop version, it should more than suffice until the vast majority of websites have completed the shift to HTML5 further down the road.

Adobe also noted that 3rd party source code licensees can keep working on their own versions of mobile Flash and out new releases, if so inclined. It will also continue to support Adobe AIR on mobile devices, so as developers can package Flash content as apps, and offer them in the application stores.

source: Adobe



1. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

welcome HTML5. thanx adobe for a wonderful experience.


Posts: 78; Member since: Sep 28, 2011

Just like Steve Jobs said when interviewed as to why he hasn't adapted flash in his IOS the future of browsers is HTML5. What do you know, he was right again.

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

and lets be clear. no longer adding new features and no longer supported or used are 2 different things. Its still on the most popular mobile OS in the world and isnt going anywhere any time soon.

4. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

you r absolutely right

11. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011


55. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

So very true however I received a ota update yesterday for my droid bionic. So does that really mean its no longer being supported?

3. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2216; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Steve Jobs already predicted the fate of Adobe. Shame on them for being naive. Give credit to a man that knows his technology. Cree

5. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

sus... ulol mo Creediddy...

8. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

steve banned it for some other reason. and that was: developers were creating apps with flash rather than iOS SDK that was harmful for them...

13. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Euhm not. First there are webbrowser apps on the apple app store. That do support flash. Skyfire for example, etc. Second don't post about an os that you don't know. It's just what you think that the reason might be.

17. robinrisk unregistered

So you can actually see websites with flash on the iPhone with a 3rd party app? Did not know that.

38. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yea, they get around the no flash thing by feeding it through their central server and replaying it on the website your looking at as an html5 code, if i remember correctly. it works.. just not always that well.

6. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Flash is still great. I love the web experience on Android as opposed to iOS & WP7.5. It's good that Adobe is moving to the new standard HTML5 so kudos to them. This will usher a new & exciting era in web surfing. Adobe will be a leader in HTML5 so they are not going anywhere!

7. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

damn right they are staying... some people doesnt understand what is goin on... zzzz.... -_-

9. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Your English is pretty sad.

22. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Its great while it lasted. It only affects mobile devices, at least I could still get my flash on PC.

10. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

the world will be better without flash....

15. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

On mobile devices, yes. But on Pc it's still great.

26. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

sorry i meant on mobile devices...

29. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

I say get rid of it all around. It hogs resources and it pointless anymore.

32. denney

Posts: 98; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Actually it sucks on PCs too. The problem with flash is that it is a 3rd party software application made for web distribution. The only way to play flash content is to utilize flash player, that used to be a vital tool when it came to online games, ads, web apps, and animations, but now the primary functional uses of flash are being replaced by the inherent functions in HTML5. Not to mention, data in HTML5 can be read by search engines, once it is utilized on a broader scale, it is going to drastically improve search functionalities web-wide.

49. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Disagree. 1) Flash needs plugin as a 3rd party standard, but it's still a standard, you can't just discredit something that is used all across the web. Except if you are Steve Jobs that has God-like properties on global technological world. What if Steve Jobse decided to dump Javascript, that also needs plugin and also causes problems, but it's widely used? Then you would have this same comment but instead of Flash there would be Javascript. Because only thing that matters is what Steve Jobs ordered. 2) Flash can be impressive tool regarding both aesthetics, functionality and speed. There are number of Flashed-based web pages that run faster and more efficient than on HTML-based standards - with all wide-spread features of search and database management. The fact that tehere is a lot of junk out there in terms of badly programmed Flash sites, doesn't mean it's Adobe's fault, and especially doesn't mean that Adobe should give up on it completely, and they will because Steve Jobs wasn't satisfied that Internet isn't optimized for iPhone.


Posts: 78; Member since: Sep 28, 2011

The start is in mobile phones, but soon, the entire internet will use HTML5.

12. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Windows was all in on HTML5 with the development of Mango and looks smart for not wasting extra time pushing Flash players out with the update. I can remember quite a back and forth about that with the release of Mango, but the point was Microsoft felt HTML5 was the future of the web tech and gambled on it. However, there is Flash content everywhere on the web, and right now there is only one OS that supports it on the Smartphone experience. Adobe moving to a different tech doesn't mean that Android wasn't always ahead of the curve and the most advanced ecosystem out there. This is a small concilation victory to those OS's without it. Android user's and Google can always claim the real victory on this front. At least in my humble, unimportant opinion.

14. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

looks like Apple's tight strangehold on preventing Flash from going on the iPhone has paid off for Apple. Its a shame Adobe had buckled liek that, they should have played dirty in return by maybe limited exclusivity or true exclusivity for their photoshop and premier software for windows and not mac, that would have caused a lot of graphics artists, etc. to drop mac in a flash :)

16. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Flash isn't dead, it just won't see any future feature updates after this last one on phones. Being able to play flash content in browser is still awesome.

30. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

Flash is a cool feature to have on a phone... However, when the updates stop rolling in people slowly stop developing for it, phones stop getting it, and it slowly slips into the background. All over time of course. This is Adobes way of sending Flash out to pasture.

40. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

phones are not going to stop getting it. Its still going to come with every android, which means its still going to increase in market share every year until something stops the android invasion. easy thing to ponder.. maybe they just dont think they can do much more with the mobile platform at this point. It works pretty darn well as it is.. they are keeping a few people around to fix bugs, thats probably all it needs anymore. dont need 750 people to fix random bugs.

18. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

When Steve Jobs says something, we must obey it. He didn't predict anything - he ordered the world to obey him.

33. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Well, he tried. Recently there was a statement from some cancer-related expert who said that Steve Jobse refused conventional treatment which would probably saved his life - but he forgot that he can play God only with naive and obedient humans, not with nature.

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