Adobe To Phase Out Flash

Well, this isn’t a suprise. Multiple sources are writing about Adobe’s exit from the mobile arena, and they are taking Flash with them. As of now, all our Android devices are stuck at whatever version of Flash they currently have, only to be updated with security patches. Its no suprise, Flash has long been seen as having an incredible amount of security flaws. It’s buggy nature has crashed tablets and eaten batteries everywhere, and Apple has continually made a strong case to keep Flash off iOS, as this letter by Steve Jobs shows:

But what will replace Flash? HTML5 is really the only other competitor, and even Adobe seems to be supporting it these days, having released their own Flash to HTML5 conversion tool to ease the transition:

I see HTML5 adoption as progress, not just for mobile devices, but for everyone, and although Flash has done things never done before, its time for Flash to retire.

UPDATE: Adobe product manager Mike Chambers has some interesting words for Apple. 






7 thoughts on “Adobe To Phase Out Flash

  1. I was going to post this yesterday, but it looks like you beat me to it. Anyways I feel worried about this, due to owning an Android phone (Samsung Infuse), but also feel hopeful for HTML5. If my phone’s flash won’t be supported and updated, then obviously there will be problems. As far as HTML5 goes though, I find it promising because it requires much less processing power and can do the same visually and functionally as flash.

  2. I think HTML5 will fully replace Flash in the next year or so. Flash has always been a lousy standard – one of the many reasons why the iPhone never supported it.

    Also Microsoft has Silverlight but I believe that was also recently discontinued or is going to be soon. So it looks as if HTML5 is going to be the future.

  3. The article that Steve Jobs wrote sounds alittle bitter towards adobe. It did raise good points though, that flash is not geared towards touch screen devices, and is not effective with preserving battery life on a mobile device. I definitely think HTML5 (although being in its infancy stage) will result as a better choice than flash.

  4. From what I’ve seen, HTML5 has the potential to be a serious contender, and the days of using plugins on the web are dwindling. Additionally, mobile apps usually take the place of web content that cannot be easily displayed on a phone. And now I might actually get more than a day out of my battery.

  5. Unfortunately they’re not phasing out of the desktop platform. I don’t know what it is about Adobe products but they’re programs seem to be the ones most exploited to launch malware. So here’s hoping that there’s something more secure that will replace it in the future.

  6. I dont think flash is going anywhere any time soon. too many things in the world run flash for them to try and phase it out so quickly. They wont be able to do so without angrying many customers and developers.

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