After Adobe’s latest, expected, but still shocking announcement about its imminent closure ofFlash Player development, we certainly were not expecting another iteration to be heading out of the company. That is the case however, with Adobe confirming it would be releasing one more version of the Flash Player for mobile browsing, aimed specifically at Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Along with the new Flash Player for Android 4.0 ICS, Adobe will finish developing its Flash Linux Porting Kit – with both due to be ready by the end of year. “After that time,” Adobe’s Greg DeMichillie told eWeek, “Adobe will continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates.”
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the platform lead device for Ice Cream Sandwich, is expected to release by mid-December. Some speculate that a delay in Flash Player development for ICS was the reason for the tardy launch of the Galaxy Nexus, but we think that’s unlikely.
However, when all the development work is done, Adobe’s Interactive Development team will begin making software kits for the industry’s new web standard – HTML5. The company seems quite dedicated to the task, with Adobe’s Danny Winokur spelling out the HTML5 path for the company:
“HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively. This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms. We are excited about this, and will continue our work with key players in the HTML community, including Google, Apple, Microsoft and RIM, to drive HTML5 innovation they can use to advance their mobile browsers.”
According to eWeek, Google, though an initial supporter of Adobe during the whole Apple versus Flash debate, is also happily ready to embrace HTML5, and that the online giant had been reworking several of its most important web apps for HTML5 for quite a while now.