With the standards-based technologies getting better; with Apple having already banned Flash Player from its popular iOS devices, including the iPhone and iPad; and with Microsoft declining to support Flash in Windows 8's mobile-oriented Metro interface, it certainly looks like Flash's days of glory are behind it.
For its part, Adobe pledges to continue with Flash technology on mobile, but via AIR, says Thibault Imbert, Adobe's senior product manager for the Flash Runtime, in a blog post. Developers, he says, can "create super-nice Flash-based apps packaged with AIR" and deliver them to app stores across iOS, Android, and BlackBerry devices. Developers also can leverage their ActionScript-based skills, he says.
Still, Adobe's cancellation of its mobile Flash Player is just the latest in a continuum of good news for developers: Instead of learning proprietary vendor-specific technologies, standards will rule the day.
Adobe itself will march on, says IDC analyst Al Hilwa. "Adobe makes its money [through its] suite of development and design tools, which as long as they are seen as compelling, Adobe will do fine. Adobe has been an early investor in tooling for HTML5, so this is a managed transition for them."
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