While we all know BlackBerry smartphones have no use for Flash, the BlackBerry PlayBook does rely quite heavily on it so the information of Adobe's Flash Player for mobile no longer being supported is an interesting one. As reported by ZDNet from a purported debriefing document sent to developers:
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.
Now if Adobe makes this official later today as expected -- it really won't mean much for the BlackBerry PlayBook. The PlayBook will still get security fixes and updates as needed but it certainly does make us wonder about future BBX devices that are already in the pipeline. Either way, we'll wait and see how this one pans out. Looks like HTML5 is winning this 'war of the internet'.
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