Flash is dead for mobile phones. Adobe decided to no longer actively develop the Flash Player for Mobile Browsers. Instead, efforts are going towards developing HTML5 tools, browsers and solutions. Mike Chambers, Adobe’s developer relations, lists five reasons for the company’s decision to no longer develop Flash for Mobile Browsers:
- Flash was never going to gain ubiquity on mobile devices, thanks to the fact that Apple resolutely refused to adopt the technology on the iPhone or iPad. “No matter what we did, the Flash Player was not going to be available on Apple’s iOS anytime in the foreseeable future,” he says.
- Meanwhile, HTML5 is ubiquitous. “On mobile devices, HTML5 provides a similar level of ubiquity that the Flash Player provides on the desktop,” Chambers says.
- Users don’t consume content on mobile in the same way they do on desktop. Differences in screen sizes, latency from wireless networks and the ubiquity of app stores made Flash less relevant on handheld devices.
- Developing browser plugins for mobile is much more challenging than the desktop. It requires more partnerships with OS developers, mobile hardware manufacturers and component manufacturers. “Developing the Flash Player for mobile browsers has proven to require much more resources than we anticipated,” Chambers admits.
- Adobe wanted to shift more resources to HTML5, and dropping Flash for mobile frees them to do so (from http://mashable.com/2011/11/11/flash-mobile-dead-adobe/).
Even though people are claiming that Flash is completely dead, the creative industry will still use Flash for years to come. However, this is making it obvious that HTML5 is the future.