Why Adobe Ended Flash Support for Android
FLASH Surrenders!! May Flash Rest in Peace…….
The news spread like a virus when Adobe declared that Adobe Flash will not support android anymore. The news marked a significant change, for many Android users, who felt that having Flash Player support was the fundamental reason for choosing Android over Apple IOS. After all, these users were able to enjoy the full web experience because of Flash playback.
What is Adobe’s take on it?
The official reasons why adobe finished flash support in android explained were
1) On mobile devices premium experiences are typically being delivered via apps
2) Now, most of the famous mobile websites rely on HTML 5.
Major video sites including Vimeo.com and several others stopped supporting Adobe Flash. The comments which they got from their online community reflect the shadow as they want HTML as an option for their videos, now the site owners have decided to place HTML as an option for users.
Adobe failed to deliver its promises
Adobe has always been failing to deliver on its promises of a great performing, touch-centric version of Flash that will be battery friendly for mobile devices.
Flash Flashes Away Battery Power
The first concern arose had to do with battery life and security. There is a significant effect on battery life in the mobile versions of Adobe Flash where running Adobe Flash can significantly increase battery consumption.
Websites finding alternatives to Flash
As previously mentioned sites have also stopped supporting adobe flash and have moved on to HTML 5. More over some sites including Flickr.com, Blip.tv and Yahoo’s photo and video sharing website have also started experimenting with substitute to the platform of Flash video
Root cause in one word “APPLE”
Several factors, like the three mentioned above became the reason to stop Flash support for Android, but the one which became the root cause can truly be summed up in a word “Apple”
When it comes to iPhone, iPod or iPod touch Apple never made space for Flash and while Android is considered as the top selling mobile OS now, Apple’s iOS still controls tremendous revenue and mindshare. A rare open letter was penned by Steve Jobs (late Apple’s CEO) in which he explained the reasons of not covering Flash in its mobile products.
Summing up the points he made:
- Adobe cannot truly be called as open, Flash is truly a closed propriety system. You have to pay Adobe to use flash, while Apple is adapting HTML 5 and Java script, all freely open standards for web
- According to Steve Flash was the reason of Macs crash, he added Symantec (creators of Norton anti-virus) highlighted Flash possesses a terrible record of security
- Flash sucks the battery dry, if a video is watched running H.264 decoder one gets 10 hours of battery life, but if one runs it on Flash, it sucks the battery life and gives only 5 hours.
- Flash is a poor fit for mobile technology as it was designed keeping the conventional mouse and keyboard in mind, meaning not touch friendly.\\
Flash to the Future??
The world is migrating towards smart-mobile devices……………..and Adobe Flash deserting the world’s most widely used smartphone OS………….. Do you think that Flash has a future?
Well my opinion is no, unless FLASH makes some drastic changes and learns from its mistakes. Flash will never be an Omni present technology, Smartphone lovers who chose Android thinking it of being as a superior one to iOS just because it supported Flash will just find different alternatives.