Adobe has told developers that its Flash Player plugin is being killed off. The company says it’s planning to stop adapting Flash Player for phones, instead turning its focus on creating apps for Android Market and Apple’s App Store. It might have come too late for him to witness it, but Steve Jobs has got his wish at last: Flash for mobile is effectively dead.
The news of Flash’s mobile demise was coupled with Adobe’s announcement that it’s instead going to shift its focus to HTML5, as well as using Adobe AIR to help devs work on native mobile apps.
This will all sound familiar to those who have followed the tussle between Apple and Adobe, a war that’s been an ongoing ever since the iPhone was first revealed, minus Flash support, in January 2007. Steve Jobs, in an open letter written in April 2010, called for Adobe to switch focus to HTML5.
The closing lines of Jobs’ ‘Thoughts on Flash’ note are particularly telling, “New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticising Apple for leaving the past behind.”
Today’s news will be explained later today by Adobe. But there’s no denying that almost five years after proclaiming Flash was a busted flush on mobile, Steve Jobs’ point has been proved.