Adobe Ending Flash for Television


Adobe recently announced that they are going to halt the development of Flash for mobile devices. Turns out that includes televisions. Adobe had 200 partners onboard with their Open Screen Project, an effort to create a platform for deploying Flash-based apps across multiple devices. Unfortunately, it never got deployed much farther than the Google TV. It doesn’t sound like this will affect companies like Xtreamer that are using Flash to build their UI, but it will shrink the pool of developers that might deploy apps friendly to their systems.

While the market for TV apps is incredibly fragmented, it doesn’t appear that Adobe’s Flash will provide a solution. The company confirmed through a statement that like mobile, it will no longer focus on porting the Flash plugin into web browsers on CE devices, but believes developers should build native apps on those devices instead.