On the eve of the iPhone's fifth birthday, Adobe
In five short years, Apple
Just two years later, Apple would famously exclude Flash support for its iDevices, starting with the iPhone. It wasn't until the iPad was launched in 2010 that the high-profile spat would reach epic proportions, citing numerous reasons for the decision in an open letter, the most important of which being that Steve Jobs didn't want a layer of third-party software between the iOS platform and developers that would only inhibit innovation. Microsoft
Jobs concluded by saying, "Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind." At All Things D's D8 confernece, he would also outline Apple's general approach to choosing technologies in their "ascendancy," of which Flash was not.
Late last year, Adobe also announced that it was abandoning Flash development for mobile devices, and the recent update cements Flash's mobile fate. Interestingly, at the time Research In Motion
The software maker now says there will no longer be any certified implementations of its Flash Player, starting with the next major version of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean, which notably starts with Google's own brand new Nexus 7 tablet. Starting on Aug. 15, Adobe will remove its Flash plugin from the Google Play store and recommends uninstalling the software on all devices that get upgraded to Android 4.1. Instead, Adobe will focus on PC-based Flash and mobile apps packaged with Adobe AIR.
This day was inevitable, considering Adobe ceased development in November, but it's now even more official: Mobile Flash is dead.
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