Steve Jobs saw it coming, and he wasn't alone either. Turns out HTML5 really is the future for browser content on mobile devices, and Flash is, well, flushed.
And it's not us saying it, it's Adobe. The long-time defender of Flash has officially announced that it will no longer develop its Flash Player for mobile devices, and will shift its focus to HTML5 instead.
Over to Adobe vice-president Danny Winokur, writing on the official company blog: “HTML5 [is] the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms.”
Adobe will now join “key players in the HTML community, including Google, Apple, Microsoft and RIM” to push the standard forward. “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 continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook.
“We will of course continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations. We will also allow our source code licensees to continue working on and release their own implementations.”
This counts only for the mobile player, Adobe notes, with Flash Player 12 already in development for the desktop supposedly containing some exciting new features.
Many of us in the mobile arena are probably familiar with Flash as much for Adobe's long-running mud-slinging match with Apple boss Steve Jobs last year as anything else, a feud which went public when the iPad's launch in January confirmed Apple's continued cold shoulder for Flash on iOS.
Adobe claimed Apple's lack of co-operation was to blame, then Jobs shot back that Flash was buggy and a resource hog. The back and forth continued for months, culminating in a 1,600-word blog post from the notoriously to-the-point Jobs entitled “thoughts on Flash”.
Not that such a victory comes with any kind of sweet taste now, but you'd have to say that once again, Jobs had a point.