This is great news for those who ask that essential question of all their prospective phones, tablets, etc. “Does it support flash?”.
We’ve been so fixated on flash support for so long, this should be a huge relief to those who want to buy a less expensive phone.
Most mobile browsers support HTML5, which is where Adobe will focus most of its efforts from this point on.
What About My Current Device That Supports Flash?
Devices that already support flash will continue to recieve bug fixes, etc., but active development for any future devices will stop.
There may be a transition period and it may not be such a terrible idea to make your next phone one that supports flash if you want total web access during the switch over time, but in the future — the near future — it will no longer matter.
From the horses mouth (aka, Adobe):
Over the past two years, we’ve delivered Flash Player for mobile browsers and brought the full expressiveness of the web to many mobile devices.
However, 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.
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 continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook. We will of course continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations. We will also allow our source code licensees to continue working on and release their own implementations.