Adobe to release one more version of Flash Player for mobile web


Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) said it will release just one more version of Flash Player for the mobile web to accommodate Android 4.0, but that will be the end of Flash Player updates.

"Adobe will release one more version of the Flash Player for mobile browsing, which will provide support for Android 4.0, and one more release of the Flash Linux Porting Kit--both expected to be released before the end of this year," an Adobe spokesman told PC Mag. "After that time, Adobe will continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates."

Also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0 was introduced via the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone, which is expected to be offered by Verizon (NYSE: VZ) Wireless.

Adobe said it stop developing Flash Player for mobile devices following its next release. Later, Mike Chambers, principal product manager for developer relations at Adobe, admitted that Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) rejection of Flash contributed to the demise of Flash Player for the mobile web.

"The Flash Player was not going to achieve the same ubiquity on mobile as it has on the desktop," Chambers wrote. "This one should be pretty apparent, but given the fragmentation of the mobile market, and the fact that one of the leading mobile platforms (Apple's iOS) was not going to allow the Flash Player in the browser, the Flash Player was not on track to reach anywhere near the ubiquity of the Flash Player on desktops."

For more:
- see this PC Mag article

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