As ZDNet reports today, Adobe has told developers that the company will stop its Flash Player Mobile browser plugin development. Sources close to Adobe, that have been briefed on the company's future development plans, have given ZDNet further details. According to this, Adobe said, that "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."
However, while this means that Adobe will stop the development of its Flash Player for browsers on mobile and will focusing its future development efforts on applications for mobile, expressive content on the desktop (in and out of browser) as well as increasing its investments in HTML5 in general, Adobe made also clear that Flash for mobile is yet not dead but the company will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.
Above, a video from 2010 when Adobe was still confident and proud of its Flash Player Mobile (for Android).
According to German heise online, the latest developments were now also officially confirmed by a German company spokesperson.
Since HTML5 became more popular and widely supported, even on mobile devices, this move makes definitely sense. On the other hand is Flash one of Adobe's flagship product while HTML5 is a common industry standard. And while I'm still a big fan of Flash on mobile devices, other could read this message as Steve Jobs was right when he said that Flash won't make it to any iOS device - never ever!
Cheers ~ Arne