The handwriting has been on the wall for the past year, but today’s it is official: Adobe is abandoning efforts to support Flash on mobile devices a Browser plug-in. This means that in the future, all Flash-only sites (like ours and many others — we’re already working on a new version of our site, are others?) will not work on any mobile devices.
To us, this isn’t a surprise — we’ve been advising clients to avoid Flash for most of this year. Even before this announcement, Flash sites didn’t work on Apple’s handheld devices. A few months ago, Microsoft announced that Flash wouldn’t work on future Microsoft tablets. And many Android devices that supported Flash didn’t have enough processing power to handle the sites well.
Flash will live on in certain PC-only Web sites and as a standalone program. Though, the era of Flash on Web sites is over.