Ding Dong the witch is dead … I have to say I love the news this morning that Adobe has decided to cease development of Flash for mobile devices, and refocus on HTML5. Here’s an excerpt from their blog post on this subject (emphasis mine): However, HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, […]
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Goodbye Flash – You Won’t Be Missed

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Ding Dong the witch is dead …

I have to say I love the news this morning that Adobe has decided to cease development of Flash for mobile devices, and refocus on HTML5. Here’s an excerpt from their blog post on this subject (emphasis mine):

However, HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively.  This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms. We are excited about this, and will continue our work with key players in the HTML community, including Google, Apple, Microsoft and RIM, to drive HTML5 innovation they can use to advance their mobile browsers.

Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores.  We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook.  We will of course continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations.  We will also allow our source code licensees to continue working on and release their own implementations.

I know lots of users and potential users of iOS devices have complained long and hard about the lack of Flash on the iPhone, iPad and all iOS devices. I have always been happy that Apple stuck to their stance on this. In my experience Flash is the cause of more slowdowns, freeze-ups, and crashes on the desktop (Mac or PC, no matter how powerful the machine) than any other piece of software. By a landslide margin.

It can bring my powerful beast of a MacBook Pro to a grinding halt at times. No way on earth I ever wanted to see it on a mobile device.

Good on Adobe for finally seeing the light on this and for looking to increase their efforts with HTML5.

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