Adobe May Drop Mobile Flash Development

Adobe is apparently ready to give up on Flash for mobile devices and focus instead on the desktop version of its multimedia platform, along with HTML 5 and mobile applications.

Flash on mobile devices? Not any more.Flash on mobile devices? Not any more.

According to ZDNet, Adobe plans to tell developers:

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.

Adobe hasn’t had much luck with Flash for mobile devices thanks in part to limited feature support and performance issues. The company also ran into a brick wall in that Apple refused to include Flash support in the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The Mac Observer has contacted Adobe, but has not yet received confirmation that the company is, in fact, dropping mobile Flash.