Nov 09 AT 12:53 PM Taylor Wimberly 18 Comments

News Flash: Adobe to focus on HTML5 and Air for mobile


Are you tired of Adobe Flash Player slowing down and crashing your Android browser? This morning Danny Winokur of Adobe made a blog post to announce the future of Flash Player for mobile. “We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook.”

Going forward, Adobe’s focus for mobile devices will be placed on AIR and HTML5, which they admit is the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms. Adobe said they will continue to work with key players in the HTML community like Google in order to drive HTML5 innovation they can use to advance their mobile browsers.

Flash won’t be completely going away from Android just yet. Adobe will continue to “provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations”, but they didn’t say how long they planned to maintain support.

Source: Adobe

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  • ndokami

    I guess this is Goodbye to Flash on mobile devices…. :’( (Steve Jobs is probably saiying I told you so….)

    Hello HTML5 i hope you bring a quicker browsing experience

    • xallies

      I doubt he would. There was never any doubt that html5 was taking over. The difference is it will happen fully in 9 years from now. At least that is what is speculated. Google was one of the first onpanies tto embrace HTML as the new standard. I prefer having flash now …. Because its necessary.

      • Sean

        I’m sure he is

        • xallies

          He is buddist… Its not like he is on the icloud looking down from his ipad. He is probably already reincarnated as a monk or an iPhone.

  • Nate B.

    This isn’t a bad thing. The future Android will support HTML5 I’m sure. Its just a move into a new area. Nothing to cry about.

    • WarDrake

      Yeah, plus Air is quite fast and has a full API for android already.

  • JGarrido

    But doesn’t the AIR run-time rely on the Flash plugin?

  • Josh

    From Adobe’s blog post…
    [quote]We will also allow our source code licensees to continue working on and release their own implementations.[/quote]
    So, who exactly are they talking about here?
    Google? If so, I would say Flash will remain viable; there has been plenty of discussion on “Chrome for Android” becoming the default browser, and the desktop version of Chrome already has Flash baked in.
    Developers of third-party browsers, such as Mozilla Firefox and Opera? This would have the advantage of being easier to update, unless Google decouples the browser from the OS (which they should)
    Independent third-party plugin developers? Device manufacturers? ROM creators?

  • nory826

    I’m excited! Now if only Google would put chrome in android….

    • WarDrake

      it will come with time. just be patient (easier said than done, i know)

  • Kwills 88

    this will be bitter sweet, us android users wont be able to laugh at IOS users about them not having flash and lack there of..but HTML5 runs smoother on mobile platforms

    • ndokami

      This is what I was getting at in my first post. I’m interested to see how it will work out. Maybe this will benefit the mobile Firefox browser because they refused to implement flash.

  • TechnoSTIG

    ” Are you tired of Adobe Flash Player slowing down and crashing your Android browser?” iirc this site was giving praise to tegra 2 phones, g2x for having a real good flash experience. Why the negativity now? I don’t have issues at all.

  • Sean

    WOW , I see the REAL sheep , first your stand was bragging how iPhones didn’t support flash , as we were telling u idiots that nobody wants that buggy piece of crap, and HTML 5 is way better . Now you all are saying you are excited and it’s moving into the future. Hypocrites, get a iPhone

    • xallies

      Don’t be ignorant…

  • KatSelezneva

    Hm, I see, HTML5 has a big feature. It’s the best way for developing cross-platform applications (Platforms for cross-platform mobile development: step forward or useless efforts?
    But I’ve never thought it will replace other technologies so quickly.

  • Comet

    The only thing I care about is that I can have the full experience I have on the desktop, on my Android device. That was what the having Flash vs not having it was all about.

    Besides I see Android as an OS that goes behond smarthphones.
    What Adobe needs to explain is what are their plans for Flash.
    I get it. Adobe Air is for cross-platform applications.
    But the truth behind HTML5 still is.
    Each browser has its own implementation.
    What works well in one doesn’t work in the other.
    It still isn’t as fast as Flash content and there are plenty of tests to prove it.

    So what can we expect of the future of the web?

  • pritams

    Well said fred..