Adobe to drop Flash for mobile browsers as Apple wins stand off
Adobe is to stop developing Flash for use on mobile browsers in order to concentrate on the growing HTML5 platform, in a move which many will see as a victory for Apple in the bitter dispute between the companies over Flash support.
Apple’s former chief executive, Steve Jobs, had said that devices like the iPad and iPhone will not support Flash as it is “too buggy” and a “CPU hog”, which Adobe chief executive Shantanu Narayen vehemently denied.
However, Danny Winokur, Adobe’s vice president and general manager for interactive development, said in ablog post on Wednesday that Adobe will now ditch support for Flash on mobile systems.
“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,” he said.