(The Hosting News) – It’s the end of an era. The availability of popular multimedia platform Flash will no longer be supported on mobile devices. According to a report from the BBC, Adobe has pulled accessibility to the platform, including its inclusion in the Google Play application store.
So what’s the reasoning behind the move? The same news story signaled that Adobe was worried Flash’s inclusion on mobile would cause problems on Jelly Bean, the latest mobile operating system from Google’s Android platform.
Flash was previously not included on mobile devices from Apple with former company CEO Steve Jobs even penning an article defending his position in April of 2010.
While expressing his fondness for working with Adobe over the years, Jobs stated, “Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.”
The reason for Flash’s exit from the mobile market can also be attributed to the steady rise of HTML5, a coding language many see as more suitable for newer devices.
Adobe even admitted HTML5’s superiority for mobile in a post made late last year, calling the platform “the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms.” Despite that, it had continued working on Flash for mobile. Meanwhile, Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch told the BBC that his company would focus flash on areas including “console quality gaming” and “premium copy-protected video.”