The Tech Report noticed that Adobe has cancelled its mobile Flash Player, instead the company will aim to bring similar capabilities to HTML5 as quickly as possible.
Flash Player 11.1 will be the last edition for Android and the BlackBerry PlayBook.
Whoa. Why the drastic change of heart? Adobe justifies the move by pointing out that the industry is heading toward HTML5—words once uttered by Steve Jobs to justify his shunning of the technology. Flash on mobile devices will live on, but only in the form of native, packaged apps put together using Adobe's AIR runtime. Meanwhile, Adobe intends to increase its investment in HTML5 and collaborate on "HTML5 innovation" with companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft, and RIM.
Adobe doesn't plan to discontinue Flash Player on the PC and says it hopes to "innovate with Flash where it can have most impact for the industry, including advanced gaming and premium video." In the next paragraph of the blog post, however, the company talks about shaping future versions of the software "for a smooth transition to HTML5 as the standards evolve." Adobe goes on to note, "We will continue to leverage our experience with Flash to accelerate our work with the W3C and WebKit to bring similar capabilities to HTML5 as quickly as possible, just as we have done with CSS Shaders."