Bad news for anyone out there who is planning on having Flash Player on their future devices. Earlier today, Adobe announced that they will be ending support for Flash Player for mobile devices, and be focusing their efforts on Adobe AIR support, and allowing developers to incorporate Flash in their own ways in the future.
Adobe is going to move forward by focusing their efforts and creating new applications, and in a shocking move, by supporting HTML5. However, while this is bad news for future handsets that more than likely would have used Flash Player as a marketing tool, there is some good news for devices that currently use the software. Adobe will continue to support it with bug fixes and security patches, if the need arises. So you shouldn’t have to worry about your current software not being supported.
Here’s the official statement:
“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.”
While it may not be the best news, it is good to hear that Adobe will continue to support current versions. What’s your opinion?