Adobe's long stand for Flash's viability comes to a conclusion when they announced the end of their efforts for developing Flash for mobile devices. Apple iOS supporters get their victory following the fulfilment of Steve's opinion in April 2010, but is this victory just for Apple fans?
Adobe states that Flash will henceforth be withdrawn from all mobile platforms, and that further updates to any patches and security issues will be limited after the release of version 11.1, for both Android and BlackBerry Playbook. License holders who possess the source code may develop independently, but Adobe commented that they will no longer support newer mobile platform, web software or hardware.
Adobe will instead put their effort into enabling developers to utilize Adobe Air 3 for integrating Flash with native apps. It will also tackle its mobile development arm with HTML5, which the late Steve Jobs had previously predicted to be more viable.
This seems to come at a time when Adobe mentioned its cut on their workforce by 750 employees in both Europe and US, following the layoffs already made during 2008 and 2009.
What was once a dominant Internet support platform was proven otherwise when Cupertino devices processed and delivered content to users satisfactorily, and that the overwhelming successes of these mobile products actually led many content providers to reconsider and use other open platforms such as HTML5 and H.264 video instead.
Speculations also suggest that a major factor in Adobe’s decision was that Microsoft and its products, namely Window Phone and Windows 8, clearly did not support Flash. It is easy to infer that in view of an inevitably shrinking slice of pie, Adobe decided this is the best way to cut back losses.
Adobe held their stand for Flash for four years thus far, and while they were denied existence on iOS for that duration, support was growing steadily on Android devices, so much so that many hardware manufacturers market Flash as a feature for their products. At a time when hardware advancements have enough processing power which made Flash more viable in terms of performance, this announcement disappoints its supporters.
On the other hand, however, mobile Flash coming to an end may be a sign for a step towards a more open mobile Internet with a better standardization of platforms, as hardware and software developers are no longer leashed to a restrictions placed by Adobe. Perhaps in the near future the utilization of HTML5 and other open platforms may indeed inspire more innovation which is truly by everyone, for everyone.
Source: Digital Trends