Adobe to discontinue Flash for mobile platforms

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San Jose, Calif.—In a move industry observers view as a surrender to Apple Inc., Adobe Systems has confirmed that it will no longer develop its Flash software for mobile devices. In a post on the Adobe Flash Blog Platform Blog, Danny Winokur, VP-general manager of interactive development, wrote, “We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations [chipset, browser, OS version, etc.] following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook.” Instead, Winokur said, Adobe viewed HTML5, which is universally supported on mobile devices, as “the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms.” He added that Adobe said it would continue to invest in Flash for use in gaming and premium video. The move is seen as victory for Apple, whose late founder and former CEO Steve Jobs famously disliked the Adobe Flash platform and made sure that Apple's iPhone and iPad did not support the software.
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