Adobe has just announced that it’s abandoning its efforts to bring support for Flash to smartphones and tablets. Instead, the company is throwing its weight behind an alternate standard, HTML5.
This company has spent much of the last decade trying to get Flash content on smartphones and later tablets, and released the first version of Flash Player for Google’s Android OS in 2010. However, the company strategy has now changed.
Adobe said in a post on its official blog:
HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively. This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms.
Flash is a proprietary standard. HTML5 was created to be a more open option, and support for it is built into Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android OS, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone. It is generally used for streaming video, but can do much more, including games as well as other apps.
The upcoming Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook will be the last mobile versions released. Adobe promises it will continue to offer bug fixes and security updates for the already-existing versions.
Adobe will focus its Flash-related efforts on adding advanced features to the PC version. It will work to bring as many of these feature as possible to HTML5.