Adobe kills Flash on smartphones to focus on apps
Adobe has finally buckled under the pressure it would seem, offering the Flash on so many devices was proving too time consuming so something had to go
Adobe is to kill its mobile version of Flash instead focusing on app development and helping developers use Adobe AIR more and more for their apps across all the major app stores.
In a statement made to tech site ZDNet a spokesperson has revealed the company's current plans for the future of both Flash and their involvement in the mobile sector.
"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. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates."
For some this will have been a long time coming, after Steve Jobs so famously shunned Adobe Flash from its iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch it became a catalyst for the division between Apple's products and its rival competitors with Flash compatibility becoming a selling-point in its own right, of course now this will no longer be the case.
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