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Adobe to Scale Back Support for Flash in Smartphones

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Adobe has announced plans to shake up its organisation and may be reducing its support for its Flash media player in mobile devices, in favour of the HTML5 standard that is increasingly supported in smartphones.

Apple famously refused to support the Adobe Flash format in its iPhones, leading to a bitter war of words between the two companies, but the apparent move by Adobe to scale back Flash development for smartphones may be seen as an endorsement of Apple's position.

Adobe also announced 750 redundancies primarily in North America and Europe as it shifts resources to support investment in HTML5, through Dreamweaver, Adobe Edge and PhoneGap, recently added through the acquisition of Nitobi.

In its statement, the company also said that it would be "focusing Flash resources on delivering the most advanced PC web experiences, including gaming and premium video, as well as mobile apps."

The statement is slightly different to one leaked to ZDNet overnight that was more explicit about its plans to scale back Flash development for mobile services in favour of HTML5 and the Adobe Air platform.

The company is due to expand on the announcement though later today.

On the web: ZDNet - Adobe

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