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Adobe Is Ending Flash for Mobile

According to a report from ZDNet Adobe is stopping development of its Flash Player for mobile browsers. They will continue to support existing Android and BlackBerry Playbook configurations of the player, but future development will be focused on developing HTML5 and apps. Adobe have said:

“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.”

Over the last few years at Jerram we have been doing fewer sites and animations using Abobe’s Flash for several reasons:

  • The restrictions some corporate networks have on allowing the plugin;
  • The ability of JavaScript frameworks such as JQuery to do most of the same work;
  • The download lag that Flash applications can have;
  • The reduced effectiveness of SEO on large amount of embedded copy;
  • The inability of Apple’s mobile devices to display SWFs;
  • The announcement that the next version of Windows OS for tablets won’t support it;

If you would like to discuss how this will affect your website or any future projects please contact us with your questions. We will assess your requirements and most of the time we can advise on an approach using JavaScript or HTML5, but if the project requires it we can still build something bespoke using Flash.

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