I know exactly why resources are being used to focus onto the mobile platform...that is where the future revenue will come from. I manage products for a living. This would be a no brainer decision.
I know it is never in good taste or a wise decision to engage in a discussion with a self-proclaimed anonymous expert on the internet ... but I think you are missing the mark on two major points.
1. Recent sales over the past year of DSLR (and other RAW capable cameras) are declining ... not growing.
2. PC sales (the integral unit for a Lr Mobile environ) have been in decline for much longer.
I was describing a niche usage of LR and in reality the vast majority of it's users don't need that functionality so I suggested if your workflow relies on this missing functionality, maybe they should look at other products that might provide it.
Wouldn't this advice also hold true for those folks who would like to see more mobile features in Lr. Shouldn't they look elsewhere to fulfill their needs? Why must Adobe ignore their traditional customer base in order to court a potential new group of customers who have no history of customer loyalty? Why must it be a zero sum game, an all or nothing approach?
I'm also making the point that LR is NOT just targeted at professionals, but rather at the hugely much larger amateur market that is expanding. If you were managing LR, where would you aim your sites, at a small niche market or the vastly huge consumer market.
If that is your assessment, you are basing it upon statistics from the distant past, not the recent facts or the projections of the near future. So I'll expand on my earlier points.
In the past year or more, Canon and Nikon (as well as the industry as a whole) have seen significant drop in unit sales of cameras capable of capturing and recording RAW format images. The number of new users, amateur or otherwise seems to have peaked or are actually starting to decline. We are quickly reaching a point of market saturation and maturation of mid and top tier cameras. The technical improvements are not as huge relegating previous models obsolete upon introduction of the latest and greatest.
If you are referring to the amateur jpeg shooting crowd, there are already a myriad of much more cost effective options already on the market. In fact several are free and don't require the burden of a PC to create Smart Previews to bounce off a server thousands of miles away just to get an image from your smartphone to your tablet.
Now, add to that equation that desktop and laptop sales have faltered for nearly a decade now. HP is holding steady while all the other top computer makers are showing declining units sales YOY except for Apple which has shown steady growth over the same period in unit sales of desktop and laptop models.
I fully admit I don't "manage products" ... I've just been a self employed business man in the photography field full time since 1975. I've learned a few things about the business world and where to seek out information on trends as well over the years. When it comes to Lightroom ... I'm just one of them there consumers you keep referring to and you like to point out my concerns are "niche" and the money in my pockets, after supporting Adobe for over 23 years, is of less importance to the bean counters in San Jose than that of potential new users? While I can relate to the aspirations of attracting new customers to the fold, turning your back on the tried and true loyal customers with decades of historical record of offering financial support to the cause is a recipe for failure for any business, larger or small.