Adobe kills Flash Player 10.1 for Windows Mobile 6.5, smitten with Windows Phone 7 Series

There are a couple certainties when it comes to Adobe’s Flash Player 10.1 and the prospects for integrated Flash support on smartphones – Apple won’t ever allow native Flash on the iPhone, and Windows Mobile 6.5 will be left out of the Flash 10.1 party in a few months. Wait, wasn’t Windows Mobile 6.5 expected to be one of the headlining platforms to get jiggy with Flash Player 10.1, you ask? Well, it was, keyword being was. Adobe has reportedly decided to pull the plug on Flash Player 10.1 for Windows Mobile 6.5, aiming instead for the Windows Phone 7 Series platform due out later this year.

Adobe had been planning to blitz all major smartphone platforms with a Flash Player 10.1 offering in mid-2010, but the company’s plans have changed in light of the Windows Phone 7 announcement at Mobile World Congress. It’s not clear how Adobe didn’t realize this problem beforehand, but Windows Mobile 6.5 apparently doesn’t support some APIs that Adobe needs to make Flash 10.1 work correctly. An Adobe representative is quoted as saying:

You can expect the final release for Android to be available mid-year. All Android devices that meet our minimum s/w and h/w requirements will be supported. Unfortunately, I cannot say a lot more publicly about our port to the Android platform at this time.

As for WinMo, we have made the tough decision to defer support for that platform until WinMo7. This is due to the fact that WinMo6.5 does not support some of the critical APIs that we need.

If you’re not feeling a bit sorry for the aging Windows Mobile platform, you should be. With Windows Phone 7 completely overshadowing Windows Mobile 6.5 and Adobe confirming the death of Flash 10.1 for WinMo, the stylus-happy smartphone operating system of yester-year is being kicked to the curb left and right.

Hey, at least Marketplace apps can install to a storage card. Chin up, bucko.

  • AusFest

    That sucks for WinMo phone owners, but whatcha gonna do

    • Jezuz

      Use Skyfire and you wont need flash. Skyfire displays the web the right way.

      • judian81

        thanks thanks thanks and very thanks 😛

      • Yesudoss

        uzard web browser has inbuilt flash its best for windows6.5 guys

  • Robert

    bye bye adobe cs 5, iphone developers get native compile but winmo 6 gets cut? well good luck with that. I wont be financing iphone crap script shut ins. Pathetic how you guys shot yourselves in the foot. No compile for winmo equals no money from me. come html5 my precious.

  • Porter

    As long as it’s being supported on all future devices, I can’t complain. There’s been a long wait for true flash on mobiles devices, a little longer causes no harm to me.

  • pc

    No multitasking on Windows Phone 7, so no business applications. Are their developers so dim that it takes until now to figure out that API’s are missing or ???

  • vineet

    what is flash player….

  • Toz

    There goes my TG01 then. Out in the rubbish it goes. Typical. Microsoft are definitely losing it seems in the mobile world.

  • isprobi

    Adobe, do you know how many Windows Mobile 6.5 devices there are in use? Do you know how many Windows Phone 7 devices are in use? What if those "magic Windows Phone 7 beans" don't grow into a giant stalk with riches at the top anytime soon? Why not go ahead while everyone waits to see if Microsoft can create something usable (remember KIN?). If you loose out to HTML 5 remember "I told you so".

  • Papakodi

    Skyfire 1.5 for winmo 6.5 ends on 12/31/10

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