The death of Flash

Adobe is now focusing on HTML 5 but will continue supporting Flash for PCs

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The death of Flash Mobile Flash is no longer available to download from Google play and Adobe will no longer develop it.
By  Clayton Vallabhan Published  August 16, 2012

Adobe has now disabled new installs of Flash on Android devices. The plug-in is no longer available on Google Play.

Adobe announced in November last year that it would stop developing Flash for mobile devices. Instead, Adobe has given in to HTML5 to provide the ‘full web experience'.

"Over the past two years, we've delivered Flash Player for mobile browsers and brought the full expressiveness of the web to many mobile devices," said Danny Winokur, Adobe's vice president of interactive development.

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

Flash was first banned on all Apple devices by Steve Jobs who notoriously defended HTML5 as the future of the mobile web. Then Android too had it decommissioned from its store and said that all devices running Android 4.1 will be devoid of Flash. The final straw might have come courtesy Microsoft, who announced that it will only offer limited support for Flash with Windows 8.

Adobe will still continue to support Flash on PCs.

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