Adobe Stops Development of Flash for Mobile Browsers, And It’s Official

Just what you wanted, bad news to start your Wednesday, right? It’s official, my friends. Last night, rumors swirled about, claiming that Adobe was going to ax Flash for mobile browsers and within the last hour, they made that official. Their goal is to continue to push out security fixes for the current build that is available, but will no longer develop Flash to work with new device configurations. Pretty disappointing news. So, it’s not going away for good, it just won’t be developed further.

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 continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook.  We will of course continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations.  We will also allow our source code licensees to continue working on and release their own implementations.

Personally, I like having the full web experience (in an on-demand state of course). I like watching embedded video and not having to launch a separate video player. Overall, I actually like Flash. While I’ll admit that Flash has performance issues that are evident on just about any platform, I still don’t want to see it go from mobile devices.

I’m sort of at a loss for words here – just tell me your thoughts? Will this affect you at all? Were you a big Flash user on your mobile device?

Via:  Adobe

Cheers to everyone who spotted this last night!

Adobe Flash 11, Foursquare, Evernote, Tumblr, Google Reader, and Swiftkey X All Receive Updates

Not sure what the deal is, but I had like 12 apps asking to be updated this afternoon. Flash Player 11 received some security fixes, Tumblr fixed bugs and added new post screens, Foursquare changed icons, Swiftkey X improved, and Evernote made it easier to go “Premium.” Nothing major from most of these, but you may want to cruise into your market if you haven’t been notified yet and see if anything has a new version. I guess Friday is now a prime time to update your apps before the weekend.

Cheers Mike!

Adobe Flash 11 and AIR 3 Available Tonight

Adobe has announced that Flash Player 11 and Adobe AIR 3 will be made available later tonight around 9PM Pacific or midnight for you east coasters.  Both releases will eventually bring major improvements that will help to revolutionize the way we game and consume content across multiple mobile platforms.  With this initial release though, we won’t see Stage3D, which is the major component to bringing hardware accelerated 2D and 3D graphics that can do upwards of 60 frames per second.

So for now, we’ll just have to look forward to these releases as stability and speed enhancers over 10.3 with the console-quality gaming to come at a later date.   (more…)

Adobe MAX Starts Today, Join Us For Coverage

Adobe MAX is going off this week and we are here in L.A. to see what goodies they have to offer.  So far they have been pretty mum on details, but would imagine that there will be plenty of mobile talk for all of us to enjoy.  Everyone remember the Flash Player 11 announcement from a couple of weeks back?  This should be a great opportunity for us to finally get a real look at their 3D plans for it among other things.  And of course, there will likely be other cross-platform announcements that are sure to dominate the show.

To follow along with all of the action, be sure to keep up with us on Twitter and here at the site.

Adobe to Introduce 3D Games and Cross-Platform HD Video with Flash Player 11 and AIR 3

Adobe surprised the heck out of the internet last night with their announcement of Flash Player 11 and AIR 3, along with Stage3D architecture.  I think it’s pretty obvious that they are ready to take online gaming, video, and applications to the next level when these two drop in early October.

As you all know, the internet is a better place with Flash in it, so if this new version 11 can live up to even half of what this press release says, then we are in for some really incredible things. With Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 plus Stage3D, users will enjoy full hardware-accelerated rendering of 2D and 3D graphics at 1000x faster than version 10.  We are talking console-quality, 60 frames per second domination on computers with mobile versions on the way.

Some of the gaming industry’s top dogs like Zynga, EA, and Ubisoft have already endorsed this latest release.  So if Android users have continued to wonder still to this day why we aren’t seeing as many big time titles as iOS, then prepare yourselves, as this release is surely going to help remedy that situation.

Release is after the break, along with the video introduction of Stage3D by the Adobe crew.   (more…)

Adobe Flash Updated To Version 10.3.186.6

Always a good day when our lovely Android devices receive an Adobe Flash update. Enabling us to further browse and surf the web with ease, and joy. After reporting on the update to Google+, our Twitter friends didn’t waste any time in letting us know that Flash was also issued an update.

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Fixes and Enhancements in Flash Player 10.3.186.6

Adobe Flash Player 10.3.186.6 addresses compatibility issues:

  • Calls to gotoAndPlay() and gotoAndStop() no longer fail in some Flash applications which load shared libraries (2943612).
  • TextField instances which specify a negative offset (x property contains a negative value) now correctly flow the text horizontally instead of vertically (2941680).
  • Improved performance in some cases when displaying complex animations (2941931).
  • Flash applications at certain websites (http://heylenmichel.de) now load correctly (2944081).

Cheers everyone who tweet and sent this in!

Youtube and Flash Both Receive Minor Updates on Android

You may have already noticed, but updates for both Flash 10.3 and Youtube went live over the last 24 hours.  Neither include anything major and are instead just meant to fix bugs and security issues.  There is a chance that the last Youtube update caused some problems with many of you; this new update should make your tummy feel much better.  Flash on the other hand is a typical “security” thing, meaning you won’t notice it at all.

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Cheers to everyone who sent these in!