Adobe said Wednesday it will stop development of its proprietary Flash platform on mobile devices, saying that instead it will focus on the open-source HTML5 standard for mobile platforms.

The company said HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, and in some cases, exclusively. One major example of a move away from Flash is Apple's decision to not use the technology on various mobile devices including iPhone and iPad.

“This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms,” Adobe VP and General Manager Danny Winokur said on Tuesday.

“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.”

He said the company would no longer devlelop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configuarations following the upcoming release of Flash 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook. Bug fixes and security updates will continue.

Flash development will continue for purposes linked to advanced gaming and premium video, however.