Well, this isn’t a suprise. Multiple sources are writing about Adobe’s exit from the mobile arena, and they are taking Flash with them. As of now, all our Android devices are stuck at whatever version of Flash they currently have, only to be updated with security patches. Its no suprise, Flash has long been seen as having an incredible amount of security flaws. It’s buggy nature has crashed tablets and eaten batteries everywhere, and Apple has continually made a strong case to keep Flash off iOS, as this letter by Steve Jobs shows:
But what will replace Flash? HTML5 is really the only other competitor, and even Adobe seems to be supporting it these days, having released their own Flash to HTML5 conversion tool to ease the transition:
I see HTML5 adoption as progress, not just for mobile devices, but for everyone, and although Flash has done things never done before, its time for Flash to retire.
UPDATE: Adobe product manager Mike Chambers has some interesting words for Apple.