It’s the early 2000s, and the Internet is a place that is quickly evolving. One of the standards that leads the pack for online video and gaming is the technology known as Adobe Flash. The sky is the limit and the future seems bright for the technology.
Fast-forward to today and the scene has dramatically changed. After years of boasting that it would bring its rich multimedia experience to the mobile and PC world alike, Adobe announced last year that it would be stopping development of Flash for mobile devices. The company has bowed down in defeat, realizing that HTML5 had quickly turned into the format that will lead the mobile world into the future.
Back in June, Adobe made it clear that they would be pulling the plug on Adobe Flash for Android on August 15th of this year, and the day has finally come. Starting tomorrow, Adobe will block new installs of Flash on Android, essentially removing its presence from the mobile world. How did this change happen? Some will argue that the standard failed because Adobe could never get Apple to stand behind it with iOS. Equally as devastating, Adobe had opportunities to turn their mobile position around with Android, but never really effectively marketed its integration features with Google’s popular mobile OS.
It’s strange to think that Flash is basically dead, even if it technically stills exists and is supported in the PC world. Without a strategy to move forward and support the mobile world, Adobe has more than likely put the final nail in the coffin for their media standard.
What do you think of HTML5 so far? Will you miss Flash, going forward?