According to this article from Wired magazine, Adobe will stop development its Flash Player plug-in for mobile browsers, fulfilling a prediction made by the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Apparently Adobe sent a letter to its partners yesterday telling them it will cease development of its Flash platform for mobile browsers. According to the Wired article, the e-mail says, “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.”
According to the article, “The move indicates a massive backpedaling on Adobe’s part, a company who championed its Flash platform in the face of years of naysaying about its use on mobile devices. Despite Flash’s near ubiquity across desktop PCs, many in the greater computing industry, including, famously, Apple Computer, have denounced the platform as fundamentally unstable on mobile browsers, and an intense battery drain. In effect, Flash’s drawbacks outweigh the benefits on mobile devices.”
Apple, of course, has refused to support Flash in its iOS for mobile devices, which created a chink in the armor of the previously ubiquitous multi-media technology. Personally, I have not had much luck utilizing Flash plug-ins on my Android device either.
So, why is this relevant to our market? It’s probably worth noting again that Adeptol, the ISV recently acquired by AccuSoft Pegasus, originally developed its viewer on a Flash platform. Adeptol has recently expanded to embrace the HTML 5 platform, which also seems to be part of Adobe’s strategy.