Jobs Was Right: Adobe Abandons Mobile Flash Development,
In an abrupt about-face in its mobile software strategy,
Adobe will soon cease developing its Flash Player plug-in for
mobile browsers, according to an e-mail sent to Adobe
partners on Tuesday evening.
And with that e-mail flash, Adobe has signaled that it knows,
as Steve Jobs predicted, the end of the Flash era on the web
is coming soon.
Critics of Flash cite its instability and intense drain on
batteries as serious drawbacks which makes Flash hurt mobile
devices more than it benefits them.
Despite attempts to breathe life into Flash on other mobile
devices — namely, Android and BlackBerry OS — Adobe has
failed to deliver a consistently stable version of the
platform on a smartphone or tablet. In WIRED’s testing of the
BlackBerry PlayBook in April, Flash use caused the browser to
crash on a consistent basis. And when Flash was supposed to
come to tablets with Motorola’s Xoom, Adobe was only able to
provide an highly unstable Beta version of Flash to ship with
the flagship Android device.
This is really, really funny... esp. given how many in COLA were so
convinced Apple was wrong to not have Flash on iOS.