Update: Adobe has officially confirmed its plans to cease Flash dev for mobile devices. In a statement posted on Adobe Featured Blogs, Adobe VP Danny Winokur wrote: “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 added that Adobe would still pursue bug fixes and security updates. Also, he stated that Flash plugin development will continue for PC devices. In addition, he wrote that HTML 5 is the “best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms”
Adobe will cease development on its Flash plugin for mobile devices, including Android tablets, according to an internal Adobe document.
The memo, which was first published by ZDNet, stated Adobe’s commitment to Adobe AIR apps.
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 adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.
“Flash support” and “offering full web” were marketing buzz words used to differentiate Android tablets and other devices from the Apple and the iPad, which famously abounded the plugin for the iPhone and subsequent iDevices, citing battery and stability concerns. As the web has shifted to HTML 5 and formerly Flash heavy sites developed apps to broadcast content, Flash support became less important.
As a result of the move, Adobe announced it will lay off approximately 750 employees in North America and Europe.