Adobe has confirmed the death of Flash on mobile devices.
Seen as a win for Apple, it was the first to refuse to include Flash in it’s mobile device. Other mobile platforms like Android and Blackberry devices had struggled to include Flash in their mobile operating system. Known for being resource-intensive, it was not an easy task to port Flash in low-powered devices. A final blow came from Microsoft in September when it decided not to support Flash in its new OS Windows 8. Event the devices like Motorola Zoom which was told to be "fully Flash-enabled" tablet before release, wasn’t able to port the device with Flash.
In April last year, Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs explained why iPhone doesn’t support Flash. He rightly told that it drains battery and is not good for multi-touch.
Adobe, in it’s blog has announced Flash to Focus on PC Browsing and Mobile Apps; Adobe to More Aggressively Contribute to HTML5.
In the process of killing Flash for mobile device, Adobe will cut 750 full-time positions in North America and Europe. It will however have no effect on Flash for PC browsers.
It now is loud and clear – the days of Adobe Flash are over. Apple’s detest of this popular Adobe product has extended to its rival, Microsoft, that has removed support for Flash in the browser of it’s upcoming operating system, Windows 8.
Flash, the most widely used browser plug-in of 2000s has started to see its decline when Apple decided that it was too resource hungry for iPhone and other iOS devices. It was a huge setback to the technology when Apple didn’t allow Flash to be installed in it’s mobile version of Safari browser running in its iPhone, iPod, and iPad. Microsoft’s latest move means there is no future for Flash. Although Windows’ desktop version of IE10 will support Flash, the future of desktop computer is in risk with the development of tablet computers and other smart devices. Microsoft has also indicted that it’s focus will now be more focused towards Windows and "touch first" interface .
In response to the lack of support to flash technology in the new "Metro" version of Internet Explorer 10, according to CNet, Adobe spokesperson has claimed that Flash will flourish despite Windows 8.
Adobe’s Flash had historically been a very popular alternative to the programmers to bridge browser and operating system for the development of online games and animations and streaming videos.
That doesn’t mean I buy the Steve Jobs’ version of Flash detest. Let me explain, why I think existence of Flash is good for consumers:
- Flash is a person’s choice. It doesn’t come bundled!
Hey Steve Jobs, nobody forced me to use Flash. I have installed the plug-in because I thought it is useful. I am free to uninstall and get rid of it whenever I feel it is not of much use. I love choices.
- Flash is more FREE than the App Store!
Some games that are freely available in web cost money when you want them in iDevices. For example, Flash version of a game called Canabalt is free but App Store version costs $3.
- Flash can run in multiple devices (except iPhone, of course)
The iPhone App can only run in iPhone and nowhere else. If it were Flash, I could have run in my Macbook or a PC. I don’t like being locked in a device.
Steve Jobs has posted an open letter on Flash to explain why Apple has decided not to support it on its mobile devices, the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. “Adobe’s Flash products are 100% proprietary,” Jobs says, “While Adobe’s Flash products are widely available, this does not mean they are open, since they are controlled entirely by Adobe and available only from Adobe.”
In short, Steve Jobs claims, Flash :
- drains the battery of mobile devices
- is not very good for multi-touch operation
- performance, reliability and security are all shoddy
Jobs also says that Apple doesn’t want a third party layer of software to come between the platform and the developer. In conclusion Jobs says that the Flash “was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. … but the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.”
Full text of the open letter is posted below: