Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Steve Jobs Was Right: Say Goodbye To "Adobe Flash"

Somewhere, right now, Steve Jobs is smiling.

That's because Adobe announced today that it was ending support for its (so far) vey popular Flash Player plug-in for mobile browsers and supporting HTML5 instead.

Jobs predicted as much when he announced the release of the Apple iPad which did not support Flash. Many users were confused because HTML5 was no where to be found and Flash was everywhere, meaning they didn't have access to a plethora of websites (like YouTube) which offered Flash and not HTML5.

Jobs assured them that it was just a matter of time until developers switched to HTML5 because it offered more flexibility, more benefits for the end users and was the future of online video.

It took a few years, and much resisting from Adobe, but Jobs has been proven right.

It will take time for Adobe to make the switch, and more time for developers to catch up, but the end result will be a better mobile surfing experience for everyone, especially iPad users.

"Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores," the quoted e-mail says.

In the past, Adobe has released software tools for mobile developers that create a single platform programmers can use to make applications that work across three major mobile platforms: Android, iOS and the BlackBerry OS. While it's seemingly easier than learning all of the native languages for each operating system, some developers have claimed a loss in app performance when coding in a non-native language that then gets translated into other languages.

The move indicates a massive backpedaling on Adobe's part, a company who championed its Flash platform in the face of years of naysaying about its use on mobile devices. Despite Flash's near ubiquity across desktop PCs, many in the greater computing industry, including, famously, Apple Computer, have denounced the platform as fundamentally unstable on mobile browsers, and an intense battery drain. In effect, Flash's drawbacks outweigh the benefits on mobile devices.

Click here to read more about Adobe's recent announcement about Flash.

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