Adobe will contribute more to HTML5 and drop support for Mobile Flash

Adobe AIR and HTML5
Adobe ends Flash for mobile, goes HTML5

Adobe have for more then a decade developed Flash, and with it enabling richer content to be created and deployed all over the web. Adobe Flash allowed designers and creators to develop more advanced content, reaching well beyond what browsers could do, and what HTML in the past was capable of. HTML has however evolved throughout the years, and long talked about HTML5 has finally started to be implemented all over the web. Adobe seems to realize that the journey for Flash, at least for mobile devices, has run its course and its time to embrace change, or disparate into the shadows of the Internets past.

Today HTML5 is universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively, and this forces Adobe to think about their strategy for the future. HTML5 is currently the best solution for creating and deploying content in a browser across mobile platforms. Since it’s already becoming a standard, Adobe has chosen to end further development of the Flash Player run in the mobile devices browser. They will however continue to provide solutions for known security issues and do minor bug fixes for existing Flash players. Future work with Flash on mobile plattforms will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. The development will end following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook.

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Adobe acquires developer Nitobi

Adobe, Flash and Nitobi
Adobe Flash, JS and HTML5 from Nitobi

Today at the MAX 2011 technology conference, Adobe Systems Incorporated announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Nitobi Software. Nitobi is the creator of PhoneGap, a popular open source platform for easily building fast, cross-platform mobile applications with HTML5 and JavaScript.

Adobe is really ramping up its move towards HTML5 based development, and with PhoneGap, Adobe will be able to offer developers the choice of two powerful solutions for cross-platform development of native mobile apps. One is Adobe Flash that is commonly known and used on sites and in solutions all over the web, and now another with HTML5 and JavaScript at its core.

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