Adobe Withdraws from Mobile Flash Battlefront
Just as the population was forgetting about the lack of support for Flash on iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod) devices, Adobe reminds us with a twist of M. Night Shyamalan proportions.
ZDNet reports Adobe's announcement that it will no longer pursue Mobile Flash, ending a longstanding and contentious public relations battle between Adobe and the Apple mobile armies. Based on their report, it seems that Adobe has realized that money might be better spent aligning with the HTML5 movement than fighting against it, a move that the development community has advanced.
Toolkits such as PhoneGap and Sencha Touch are hitting full stride with mature development frameworks that enable HTML5 developers and designers to make native iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry applications using their existing skill sets.
Could it be that we will finally see Adobe's suite of design and development products turn towards pushing out truly cross-platform mobile apps? Keep your fingers crossed.
Since this story, Adobe has released more details on the decision, including a move more closely aligned with the growing popularity and use of HTML5.
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