Adobe kills mobile Flash development, focuses on HTML 5

Posted on Nov 11 2011 - 11:46pm by Thomas Sharp

Software company Adobe Systems said Wednesday that it is stopping its mobile Flash software, and will focus on HTML 5 for developers.

In a statement posted on the Adobe website, the company announced that it will focus on the development o HTML 5, which allows modern browsers to have the same functions as Flash but without relying on the company’s proprietary technologies. HTML 5 can also be implemented across different platforms.

“Over the past two years, we’ve delivered Flash Player for mobile browsers and brought the full expressiveness of the web to many mobile devices,” said Adobe’s Vice President and General Manager of Interactive Development Danny Winokur. “However, HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively. This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms. We are excited about this, and will continue our work with key players in the HTML community, including Google, Apple, Microsoft and RIM, to drive HTML5 innovation they can use to advance their mobile browsers.”

Adobe’s Flash has been the company’s sore spot over the last few years after tech giant Apple refused to enable it to run on its iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. Apple said that HTML is the future and will replace Flash, as it was too slow.

Lots of developers complained that the software was too slow on mobile devices and uses too much processing power. HTML 5 has become developers’ choice of platform as it renders animations and videos directly within the browser.

 

via: The Guardian

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