Apple was part of Flash problem: Adobe

Apple was part of Flash problem: AdobeThere was little love lost between Steve Jobs and Adobe - especially after the late  iCEO declared war on the internet standard, refusing to allow it on portable iDevices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Jobs said the future was about HTML5, and given the news that Adobe recently announced it had decided to cease development of its Flash Player, you'd have to say he was right.

Well, now Adobe's product manager Tom Chambers has come out with some info to clarify the issue for us and explains why. In his personal blog, he claims that the issue simply was that Flash could never be as popular on mobile browsers as it could on desktops without Apple's buy-in and that was why HTML5 was gaining such prominence.

But he disputes claims that HTML5 is necessarily better than Flash, conceding it is more viable to have a cross-platform standard: "It is very clear that HTML5 is the solution you want to turn to if you want to provide a richer browser based experience that works across browsers on mobile devices."

He also points out that whilst Flash is used for games as well as video on desktops, users tend to download specific apps for their mobile devices which renders it unnecessary for portable use.

We've never been convinced by Apple's argument that Flash was too buggy - especially since Android Froyo and beyond brought us proof of just how well it can work on mobile devices.

Either way, Adobe has now stopped development of the Flash Player for mobile, although it obviously will still be supported and distributed.

Via Android and Me

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MDrX  Nov. 14, 2011 at 16:17

An "internet standard" comes from the W3C not Adobe..

Flash is a de facto standard but still based on proprietary technology that only Adobe has the source to.

This proprietary technology is incredibly buggy on desktop operating systems. How many security alerts have Adobe released in the past few years which note that the vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild? And then they take a month to fix the problem...

The question should be why do you want this on your phone? Its primary purpose is to serve ads and track your clicks around the web.

Good riddance to Flash Mobile. For Christmas I'd like the desktop version to follow suit, please Santa.


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