- Category: Web Technology
- Created on Monday, 21 November 2011 11:18
- Written by Matt
A couple months ago I wrote an article entitled "When Will Flash Die?” In that article I wrote about new products coming out that were advertising that they could view Adobe Flash content. I assume this was an easy way to take a jab at Apple whose products notoriously do not support Flash content. This was an easy way to make it seem like their products (mainly the new Samsung Tablet) were better than the iPhone and Apple for this very reason. It may seem like that way for now, but not for long!
What many people don't know is that there is an emerging new version of HTML (the code used to build websites) called HTML 5. This new version of the classic markup language can emulate much of what Flash could and it is supported on mostly all mobile devices. This was a major problem for Adobe flash because the major market share for mobile devices is Apple who isn't supporting them. Apple does however support HTML 5. Why would Adobe continue to pour money into a technology that the major market share of people will never see or us? In short, they aren't going to.
Recently Flash announced they would be stopping development on Flash for mobile devices. They go on to say “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.” This basically means they have conceded that HTML 5 is the future and they will be focusing on that rather than spend money on a dying technology (Flash).
With that said, I have answered my question that I posed a couple months back.
When Will Flash Die? Now.
It appears Samsung will need to go back to the drawing board with their advertsing department. They need to find a new reason people should buy their tablet and not an iPad now that Flash is a moot point.
RIP Flash 1996-2011
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