Did Apple kill Adobe’s mobile Flash? That is the question many asked this week after Adobe announced that it would end development of Flash for mobile devices.
Many observers were not surprised by the announcement, which came a day after the company announced it would cut 750 jobs.
Don Reisinger of eWeek compiled a list of reasons why Adobe lost the mobile Flash battle, which identified the resistance from Apple and the success of iPhones and iPads as the main reasons.
The Guardian said that with the news, it was Steve Jobs who had had “the last laugh”.
Elsewhere, Jason Perlow of ZDNet’s Tech Broiler blog argued that without a focus on the rising mobile market, Adobe Flash is “irrelevant”.
PCWorld’s Daniel Ionescu asked if “anybody will miss Flash on their mobiles?” and pointed out that “iOS users have been living Flash-free for more than three years”.
Still, some saw Adobe’s move as a step in the right direction. Matt Peckham of Time’s Techland wrote that it takes “guts to do the right thing”.
“Adobe deserves our plaudits, for doing something I’d wager Steve Jobs never would have (whatever his claims about the web), had Cupertino been the proprietor of Flash and not the folks from San Jose,” Peckham added.
But for Bill Ray of the Register, the announcement shows where Adobe plans to head with its future developments of HTML5 tools.
He wrote: “This announcement has much more to do with Adobe seeing that there’s no future in selling tools for streaming video, but there is a decent future in selling tools to create, and control, digital content.”