Adobe kills Flash for mobile devices, proves that Apple was right all along

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Apple has been getting a lot of heat over the years for their refusal to support Adobe’s Flash software. Companies such as Nokia, RIM, and even Google in the mean time have proudly been standing tall and shouting at the top of their lungs about how their platforms are technically superior because they can render every website that exists on the internet. Steve Jobs, till the day he died, firmly held on to the belief that Adobe should go screw themselves. In fact, he even wrote a 1,700 word letter explaining Apple’s logic back in April 2010:

“Flash has not performed well on mobile devices. We have routinely asked Adobe to show us Flash performing well on a mobile device, any mobile device, for a few years now. We have never seen it. Adobe publicly said that Flash would ship on a smartphone in early 2009, then the second half of 2009, then the first half of 2010, and now they say the second half of 2010. We think it will eventually ship, but we’re glad we didn’t hold our breath.”

Here we are, less than a month after Jobs has passed, and Adobe has given up. Here’s the internal Adobe memo that was leaked to ZD|Net announcing the good news:

“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.”

So what’s Adobe going to focus on now? What they should have been doing all along: HTML5 and other associated native web technologies.

[Image above of Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen]

Update 1: Here’s the full, official blog post from Adobe.

Update 2: RIM has pledged that they’ll support Flash on their own.

  • Jaime Ramirez

    steve o was right…but i still need flash aslong as we have it then will see html5 on all webpages

  • Bong Castaneda

    so what if Adobe stops mobile flash development? They have already achieved their objective,
    just watch a 1080P youtube video with a galaxy s2 or 720p on lesser devices, really smooth playback.
    Play 3d and 2d flash games ex Buddy rush.
     HTML5 may look great BUT it has been proven to be just as energy intensive as flash was at first. its going to take more years of development to get mobile devices to play html5 content as well as the desktop.
    Sorry but Jobs didnt like Flash just because it undermined HIS appstore thats it.
    Greed is the name of the game for Jobs as always.
    He even put one over Woz many times in Apple’s checkered history.

    • Anonymous

      I think Jobs/Apple aversion to Flash was 50/50 performance worries and defending the App Store. The appeal of Flash wasn’t just YouTube videos, as it was also games and many websites (particularly hotel and restaurants). Many of the Flash players I saw performed decently but not amazingly and more importantly, the content sites still don’t know how to properly optimize their Flash content for mobile devices.  

    • mike williams

      It’s interesting reading blogs where people such as yourself talk as if you and the late Steve jobs were on a first name basis. Your are entitled to your opinion and thats fine, but do not talk as if your opinion matters about a person that changed history as easy as you change your underwear.

      • http://profiles.google.com/jnathanrmdavies Nathan Davies

        he called him jobs… not steve, fist name’s steve.

      • Heavy Gunbros

        yeah he was great but not a prophet !!!!

        stieve was absolutely wrong about lot aof thing .. larg screen flash player and lot of things 

        u apple fan made stieve as a hero that cant even make wrong 

  • http://GoranGrooves.com Session Drummer Goran

    It would be good to have Flash supported on all phones in order to view sites already made in Flash. However, I would no longer ever build a web site in Flash. While it is awesome with what it can do visually, it is very impractical for a web master to maintain, change and improve.
    Steve Jobs was a visionary.

  • http://profiles.google.com/tjukes1 Tyler Jukes

    This article is stupidity. Flash didn’t go away and it won’t for years. The fact remains that a huge chunk of the web is flash based and Apple devices can’t handle it. Everyone knew the future was HTML5, but that doesn’t mean you choose to skip supporting the present. That’s like saying after electric cars become the norm that anyone that drove a gas car in the past was wrong all along.

  • afraa

    not official and has not any thing worth to depend on .. give news from a reliable source

    we have great falsh play even with 1 ghrz hamingbirds chipset //

    i gues u are apple fan :))))

    believe it or not we have new flash player 11 for mobile  .  and flash respond great on 2 core device .. let dont talk about quad core … nonesense logic 

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