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Adobe Heeds Apple's Advice by Killing Flash Mobile

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We haven't seen a platform simultaneously maligned and championed to such a degree in some time.

Adobe Flash -- buggy, resource heavy, and wholly insecure -- was still a key part to many websites and a necessary evil to day-to-day browsing. Making it available on mobile devices allowed users the "full web," however its mediocre-to-poor performance left much to be desired. Still, for Android and BlackBerry users, it was nice to have the option -- something iPhone users couldn't claim.

Flash was vilified by Steve Jobs and Co. to the point where Apple was the sole holdout among the major mobile players and refused to support it. Jobs penned an infamous letter condemning the glitchy software, which would've been much more valid and credible had it focused on performance and wasn't mitigated with personal animosity and hypocritical statements regarding "closed systems."

But this week, Jobs' legacy had the last laugh as Adobe announced it would no longer develop for Flash in mobile browsers.

Announcing the move on ZDNet, the company said:

"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. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates."

Instead, Adobe says it will focus on apps and HTML5 content.

The move certainly bolsters Apple's stance on the platform, but also removes a oft-repeated bragging point for iPhone's competitors.

Now it's just a matter of millions of sites and developers finally upgrading to HTML5.

(See also: Adobe Flash Is Doomed, Says Firefox VP and Google Engineer Calls Google+ a Complete Failure)

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