Adobe dumping mobile Flash! Hail HTML 5?


Get ready to say goodbye to flash on your new mobiles or tablets. If you use an iPhone, iPod or iPad, you are already used to living without Flash. 

Adobe Systems on Wednesday announced that its ending development on Flash Player plug-in for mobile devices and moving to HTML 5 and Adobe AIR software development. In it’s statement, as part of restructuring efforts, the company indicated an elimination of 750 full-time positions in United States and EMEA. 

Adobe quitting the mobile Flash business, reminds me of Steve Jobs’ Thoughts on Flash criticizing Adobe and Apple’s dedication to dump the technology

Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.

The avalanche of media outlets offering their content for Apple’s mobile devices demonstrates that Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content. And the 250,000 apps on Apple’s App Store proves that Flash isn’t necessary for tens of thousands of developers to create graphically rich applications, including games.

New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML 5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML 5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.

Fandroids have always found solace that they have one thing Apple users don’t – Flash support that enables them to experience the full web. Maybe it’s time to learn the web via the HTML 5 lens 🙂  


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