Adobe Systems Inc. announced today that it will be ending development on its Flash Player plug-in for mobile devices. Instead, Adobe will be pushing developers to their Adobe Air platform and will embrace HTML5, signifying the end of the “Flash era.”
Adobe’s move away from Flash is a complete turnaround for the company that has previously championed Flash. But the transition was actually predicted by the late Steve Jobs who wrote a 1,500 word essay against Flash as being inherently unstable on mobile browsers and a huge drain on battery life. Indeed, Apple has been the biggest anti-Flash proponent; not supporting it on any of their iOS devices such as the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
This announcement comes on the heels of another: Adobe will be cutting 750 jobs. This “corporate restructuring” will indeed shape a new company with very different goals moving forward. In the end, it seems as Flash is technology from a bygone age. Innovative in its time, but ultimately unfit for a world that is increasingly dependent on mobile devices.