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Adobe, A-B-O-U-T face! Flash is dropped for mobiles

Adobe has handed Apple's Steve Jobs a belated victory with its announcement today that it is stopping development of its Flash player software for mobile devices .Instead it will focus its efforts on HTML 5.

About face for Adobe

Jobs had long insisted that that Flash media streaming technology wasn't suitable for low-power mobile devices.

Adobe will, however, continue to provide bug fixes and security updates and help app developers. Flash will also go ahead in other areas such as advanced gaming and premium video for PCs.

In a blog post, Adobe said, "We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook"

The Wall Street Journal said the decision was an about face for Adobe, "which has long touted the benefits of Flash over HTML5."

In its blog post, Adobe said ,"HTML 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."

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Noel Young

Former editor of Sunday Mail in Glasgow and Group Managing editor of Daily Record and Sunday Mail. Now Boston-based US correspondent for UK newspapers including Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Sunday Post. Material also syndicated by Edit International in Florida. US editor for The Drum.

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