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Adobe to stop development of Flash player on mobile devices

Firm will focus on HTML5 instead

Adobe is thought to be stopping development of Flash player for mobile devices in favour of HTML5.

According to ZDNet, the company has already briefed developers on its impending move.

"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," the firm said in an email to its partners.

"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.

Adobe, which is expected to make a public announcement in the very near future, will also focus its efforts on mobile apps and "expressive content on the desktop (in and out of browser)".

The company has yet to respond to a request for comment on the matter.

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