HTML5 Deals Final Blow to Adobe Flash for Mobile

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – HTML5 finally appears to have completely won the war against Flash for mobile. Just recently, Flash developer Adobe signaled that it would remove the multimedia platform’s availability from Android’s Google Play store, according to a news story from the BBC.

So why the exit? The company told the BBC that Flash might cause “unpredictable behavior” if used with Jelly Bean, the most recent Android-based operating system.

For Flash, it’s been a long goodbye. Cupertino, California-based tech giant Apple previously refused to allow Flash compatibility for its mobile devices. Then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs even explained his reasoning behind the move in April of 2010.

“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,” commented Jobs.

Jobs also pointed to multimedia coding platform HTML5, a standard that has since dominated mobile browsing in the recent era. It’s dwindled away at Flash’s competitive edge in the mobile arena. And Adobe even admitted that much in November of last year, stating that Flash was “the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms.”

However, Flash will stick around – just not for mobile. Kevin Lynch, CTO of Adobe told the BBC the company would prioritize Flash on areas including “premium copy-protected video” and “console quality gaming.” Adobe has worked with the HTML5 platform in the past. Last year, the company unveiled a preview of a graphic design tool named Edge, also compatible with CSS3 and JavaScript.

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