We’re not too proud to admit it: maybe Steve Jobs had it right. Apple’s refusal to let Adobe’s Flash platform sully iOS is famous in tech circles, and way back in April of 2010, Jobs penned a long, open letter explaining his dislike of Flash and championing HTML5 as an alternative. “Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind,” Jobs wrote, and it looks like Adobe finally got the memo: today, the company announced it was ceasing Flash Player development for mobile devices and refocusing its efforts on HTML5.
The upcoming Flash Player 11.1 update for Android and the Blackberry Playbook will be the last one scheduled for the software. “We will of course continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations,” Danny Winokur, general manager of interactive development for Adobe, said in the announcement. With mobile development halted, the company will “increase investment” in its HTML5 contributions.
Flash isn’t disappearing completely, however; Winokur says that the company will continue to focus “on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores.” It will also continue to be available and updated for the PC. In fact, Winokour says Adobe is already hard at work on the PC-only Flash Player 12 as we speak.