Adobe Will Stop Mobile Flash at 11.1 – Adobe Will Aggressively Contribute to HTML5

Posted by at 2:58 pm on November 9, 2011

Adobe in a statement Wednesday confirmed that it was stopping work on mobile Flash. After Flash 11.1 for Android and the BlackBerry PlayBook, it would limit any future updates to major bug fixes and security holes. Those with source code could develop on their own, but Adobe wouldn’t spend effort updating to support newer operating systems, browsers, or hardware.All future work on Flash would focus on using AIR 3 and similar tools to package Flash for native apps. Direct Flash use would be limited to “advanced gaming” and “premium video,” Adobe said. Flash still has an advantage in including copyright protection and other features that don’t yet have a footprint in HTML5. Flash features would be designed in part with the intention of bringing them to HTML5 for a “smooth transition.”

Danny Winokur, Vice President & General Manager, Interactive Development at Adobe said the following in the statement:

HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively.  This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms. We are excited about this, and will continue our work with key players in the HTML community, including Google, Apple, Microsoft and RIM, to drive HTML5 innovation they can use to advance their mobile browsers

Many devs have expressed concern if Adobe will be able to bring their ActionsScript/Flex applications and skills to run within HTML5.

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