I used to brag about the fact that my Android smartphone supported Adobe Flash to annoy my friends who had iPhones (by doing things like sending them the picture above). But I did this more so for fun than anything else because deep down inside I knew that it didn’t really matter. I mean, in all the years I’ve had Android I’ve only actually taken advantage of having Flash just a couple of times. And in these times, it was often for viewing video that wasn’t embedded from YouTube.
But now, with more and more developers and web designers adopting HTML5 as the standard for video playback on the internet, Adobe Flash for mobile is becoming less and less relevant. But this isn’t just my opinion, it’s Adobe’s too. In fact, they themselves said “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.”
They went on to say “We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.)..” In other words, Flash on mobile devices is dead (well, almost). Steve Jobs long ago said that Adobe Flash just had too many issues associated with it to include it on the iPhone. And obviously with Adobe throwing in the towel in regards to Flash on mobile devices and instead focusing on HTML5, he was right.
Obviously, from what I’ve said above you know that having Adobe Flash on my smartphone doesn’t really matter to me. But I want to know what you think about the impending death of Flash for mobile devices. Is it a big deal for you or are you like me and couldn’t really care less? Let us know in the comments!