Apple made a decision early on in the development of iOS to avoid including support for Adobe Flash on its Safari browser, rather including HTML5 - a rival open standard. Apple's former CEO Steve Jobs even went as far as to write a lengthy explanation of his company's decision to not support Flash for the mobile web. Jobs maintained the technology was antiquated and drew too much device battery power.
In an epic surrender Adobe finally has acquiesed to HTML5, announcing this week that it too was dropping Flash for mobile devices. Adobe has released a plug-in for Android, but it will now end all Flash development for the mobile plug-in.
The move represents a significant reversal for Adobe, which had championed Flash for mobile even after Apple's decision to not include it in iOS.