Adobe Flash pulled from mobile devices

Software will only be available on PCs as company focuses on HTML5

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Adobe Flash pulled from mobile devices Adobe has announced that it is pulling its Flash mobile software, however Flash will still be available on PCs.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  November 10, 2011

Adobe's Flash will no longer be used for web video and games on mobile devices, after the company pulled the software, according to the Press Association.

Flash will however continue to work on mobile apps and on the web browsers of regular computers.

The decision to pull the software comes as a victory for Apple, which banned Flash from working on the iPhone and iPad.

Adobe told the Press Association that the decision to remove the software is about giving people what they want.

"I wouldn't say we lost to Apple. I'd say we listened to customers," Adobe's chief financial officer, Mark Garrett, said in an interview with the Press Association at the company's meeting with analysts in New York.

In April 2010, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs criticised Flash for being too buggy, battery-draining and PC-focused to work on the iPhone and the iPad.

"Flash was created during the PC era - for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low-power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards - all areas where Flash falls short," Jobs wrote.

In a blog post, an Adobe vice president, Danny Winokur, said the company would now increase investment in HTML5, the latest version of the programming standard that websites are built on.

"HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively," he wrote. "This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms."

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