Yesterday Adobe announced that it would be putting and end to development of flash for mobile devices, this includes tablets, but in a somewhat strange move RIM has confirmed that they will keep Flash alive on the BlackBerry PlayBook.
As an Adobe source code licensee, we will continue to work on and release our own implementations. RIM remains committed to delivering an uncompromised Web browsing experience to our customers, including native support for Adobe Flash Player on our BlackBerry PlayBook tablet (similar to a desktop PC browser), as well as HTML5 support on both our BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook browsers. In fact, we are pleased that Adobe will focus more efforts on the opportunities that HTML5 presents for our developers, and shares our commitment to HTML5 as we discussed together at DevCon Americas.
We do wonder what exactly RIM are up to with their statement that they will keep Flash alive on the PlayBook, consider that Adobe has decided that HTML5 is the way forward.