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Pt 1012

Follow up from last year’s “Developing Flash content for mobile devices – hop in the time machine, back 9 years”… Adobe is no longer developing Flash for devices (announced today)…

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. 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.

Google and OEMs like RIM & HTC will likely need to drop support in the next versions of their OSes. For me personally, I can finally say the book I co-authored 9 years ago (Flashenabled) is really, officially outdated and not supported (I still get emails since it was used for modern devices to this day). What will go next? Microsoft Silverlight.

Phillip Torrone

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.

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  1. “What will go next? Microsoft Silverlight.”
    Apparantly So…

  2. For some reason, I still have my Cassiopeia E-125.

  3. For a sneak peek at what Adobe is up to as a Flash replacement, check out the Edge prototype:

  4. Seems like a bad idea to drop support. Surely there’s going to be a long tail for flash usage on the web?

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