Apple has taken a lot of heat over the last four years due to the fact that its mobile products lack support for Adobe’s Flash platform. Since the iPhone’s introduction in 2007, not one of Apple’s mobile devices has included the plug-in.

Flash compatibility is a feature that Android device makers have often touted as an advantage over the iPhone and iPad. Well, they might want to come up with something else to brag about, as ZDNet is reporting that Adobe is canning development of mobile Flash…

Adobe is in the middle of a major restructuring, and is in the process of re-evaluating its business. According to ZDNet, that involves re-focusing on digital media and marketing, and dropping support for its mobile Flash plug-in.

Here’s Adobe’s official statement:

“Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.”

As you may recall, Steve Jobs wrote a compelling open letter in response to the criticism Apple received over its stance on Flash. Jobs listed off a number of reasons for giving Flash the cold shoulder, including poor performance, poor battery life, and major security concerns.

Instead of Flash, Jobs recommended that programmers use a more open web technology like HTML5. He believed it to be a far superior mobile platform, and it seems like Adobe now agrees with him. Along with its plans to cut mobile Flash support, the company also plans to increase its investments in HTML5.

  • 🙁

  • Finally, we can all move on and use something in the 21st century.

  • If you can’t beat them, join them.

  • Flash ? What’s that’s …never needed it…

  • Adobe Flash who??
    …and yes i’ve been using iPhone for 4 yrs since the 1st gen

  • Adobe Flash who?!
    …and Yes, I’ve been using iPhone for 4 yrs since the 1st gen

  • Some genious are just known after their death, Steve Jobs was allready known as a genious, but Adobe just found out that he was even smarter than what they supossed.

    • Anonymous

      I have just found out that you are stupid. What us that comment, “they found out that he was smarter…” came on.. You don’t even know the guy, u love sameone u don’t even know, how do u know if he really said that, and how smart he really was. You are so stupid and naive.

  • apple was right, as always!

  • Oh come on you commenters — I’ve been on iPhone since 1st gen too and even I can admit objectively that it would have been nice to have had Flash. There are a lot of Flash websites out there, and yes, I would have liked to have been able to see them on my iPhone. Let’s not do sour grapes here.

    • But are you devastated now that you couldn’t see those few webpages those few times? Did it severely alter your life in some way that now you have to live in a box and eat cat food because you weren’t able to view that flash content? Don’t think so, I honestly don’t even care and i’ve been using an iPhone for three years. Flash, whatever anyone says, is not a MAJOR (maybe minor) advantage to owning an Android phone.

  • hahaha, I can’t think about anything else right now but to laugh! I was not really happy when Steve Jobs closed the door for adobe flash for iPhone. But lately I realized why Steve did that. On my PC every other day browser crashes due to flash player crash. On my PC every other day adobe notification pops up for reminders with adobe update. On my adroid tablet I had to reset it quite often because flash crashes. Well I wish for RIP adobe flash for all computing platforms asap 🙂

  • Anonymous

    It turns out Steve Jobs was right 😉

  • The only reason people want flash on their mobile device is for free porn nuff said.( maybe some free games)

  • Took you long enought adobe! If you listened you would be 3 years ahead now with HTML 5 and nor 3 years away!

  • This article is rather biased, since it gives you the idea that iOS has an advantage over Android if flash is discontinued and HTML5 is adopted is the de facto standard for rich web apps. Actually, it’s a rather know fact that the Android Browser HTML5 renderer is one of the best in the market, and definitely the best among mobile devices. That and Chrome’s HTML5 support put Google on a whole other level considering HTML5 support, and hence I can only see this article as benefitial for Google and not otherwise.

    iOS advantage over Android is on the usability (and it excels at it) and not on the compatibility. It’s on the other end. There is no point in competing with Android in compatibility, and it doesn’t need to. The way I see it, Apple should focus their attention in getting even better on what they already excel (positive thinking), and not focusing on something that is not their core competitive advantage.