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A step forward

November 12, 2011

Mobile Flash is dead. But the news of its death is still making the headlines on many blogs and articles around the web, what gives, really?

It’s not only because the level of satisfaction to scream “I told you so!” right at the face of Adobe and all of those Flash ‘defenders’, but also because I believe it’s the breaking of new dawn for HTML5. When Adobe officially announced they stop developing mobile Flash, in the long and confusing press release, they half-heartily admitted that Flash is never going to be good enough for mobile devices.

After Steve Jobs rejected the adoption of Flash in the first iPhone back in 2007, Adobe has failed numerous times to deliver their own promise to bring the best of Flash in Android devices. One of the most priced features that Android users were proud of to differentiate themselves from Apple users, is no longer feasible. This is not because Adobe was deliberately stalling time, or as if they needed more time because they’re lazy, but it’s because it simply can’t be done.

Flash was, like Steve said* it “created during the PC era – for PCs and mice”, it’s not for what we have right now and enjoy using: multi-touch display in mobile devices. Not just iOS, but also Android devices. So without a strong foot-hold in those two major mobile platforms, mobile Flash has become irrelevant. And it’s only a matter of time until all web sites abandon Flash altogether, and starts  fully adopt HTML5. That is what happening right now.

From web developers to mobile ad companies, and from independent game devs to software giant Microsoft, everybody is doing it. It is suffice to say that Adobe came at the last place, they should be since they’re the source, so Adobe should be the last one to leave the ship. And Adobe don’t entirely jump ship into HTML5, yet. They still have AIR, their last arsenal to fight for a living in the desktop ground.

Those who are clamoring that Flash still has its edge over HTML5, and will lives on, are those who have invested heavily on Flash. It’s very understandable, but the real important thing is the users. For users, HTML5 has all the benefits over Flash that Steve has stated before*. If it’s better, then why shouldn’t we move on?

* Note: Steve Jobs’ open letter to Adobe (Thoughts on Flash)

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