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Why Adobe decided to Stop Developing Flash for Mobile Devices

Adobe Flash LogoIt has been a tough road for Adobe lately. Not only were they struggling to optimize Flash’s less than optimal performance on mobile devices but they were also constantly battling HTML5 which was steadily gaining the upper hand. However Adobe has finally conceded; they will no longer be optimizing Flash for mobile devices and will concentrate all of their efforts on apps and desktop. Adobe will also be pushing hard to contribute to HTML5.

For those of you wondering what exactly Adobe said then here is the official announcement made by Adobe regarding this new course for their company:

“Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations.”

So why exactly did Adobe stop pushing for Flash optimization on mobile phones? Well there were multiple reasons but here are the main points that you should be aware of:

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Android 2.2 Froyo was officially announced at Google I/O 2010

Android 2.2 FroyoA big event took place this week at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Google organized the I/O 2010 conference and brought together for two days thousands of developers to present their latest innovations in: web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open web technologies such as Android, Google Chrome, Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine, and more.

Even if we weren’t there, we will feature two of the most interesting things that occurred:  Android 2.2 Froyo and later, Google TV.

The event begun with a small presentation of what Android operating system means these days: there are over 60 compatible devices, 21 OEMs, 48 countries, 59 carriers that use it. Each day, over 100.000 activations are made and Google is now on the second place after RIM on US smartphone sales market. Android Market hosts now over 50.000 apps ready to be downloaded and thanks to 180,000 developers this number will be always modified.

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Steve Jobs and Apple hate Adobe Flash too much

Apple vs FlashHave you ever wonder why Apple CEO, Steve Jobs hates Flash(Adobe) so much? We haven’t done this till now, but we think is something strange between two big names.

All started in 2007 when Apple launched iPhone mobile device and same time with him, the iPhone OS. From the beginning they refuse to comment about any Flash support or things related to it, but few years after it seems they couldn’t resist and say directly: we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads.

Apple made a clever move in 2008 with iTunes, which became the unique place to download official apps for Apple gadgets. Unofficial Apple blocked any third-party software from running unless you hack(“jailbreak“) your iPhone that could destroy your warranty or even ruin the device. At that time they claimed they are doing this(iTunes) for a reason: to have secure apps, free from viruses , spam and malware.

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