It seems as though Apple has won its long running battle with Adobe over the use of Flash on mobile platforms including Android’s Browser. According to ZDNet, Adobe will encourage developers to use AIR and HTML5 in the future as it looks to cut back its expenses having recently announced the loss of 750 jobs across its North American and European arms.
Flash’s abandonment for mobiles is set to be announced at a financial analyst meeting today and will end claims that only Android users could experience the “full” web on their handsets. Due to the poor performance of Flash in mobile web pages and the lack of apps supporting it however, the loss is unlikely to be widely felt by owners of Android handsets.
“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,” reads Adobe’s leaked statement on ZDNet.
“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.”
It’s Steve Jobs who will have the last laugh in the matter, since Apple’s former chief executive banned the use of Flash in his company’s devices claiming it was a “battery hog” and introduced security and stability flaws. Google’s Android OS had proved antagonistic to this stance by supporting the plug-in.