There has been a lot of talk about the death of flash, specifically due to its non-compatibility with the iPhone and iPad. This topic is pertinent to me and other interactive content designers and developers. To combat these issues, Flash began working on developing the plug-in, which would make it compatible with mobile phones. Recently it was announced Flash nixed this project (check out the article here).
Sources close to Adobe that have been briefed on the company’s future development plans have revealed this forthcoming announcement to ZDNet:
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.
So what does this mean for an interactive media student (like myself) studying Flash development? I’m not quite sure. However I do believe this is only the beginning of this problem and Adobe will eventually find away to tackle the issue, thereby ending rumors of its device. Even if this does not happen, I think learning the program and the ActionScript that accompanies it will help program my mind to work with future applications that produce the same content. Who knows what the future holds?