It seems the Adobe campaign to bring Flash to mobile devices has officially ended without the desired positive impact they were hoping for. Earlier this week Adobe announced they would be pulling the plug on the Flash mobile development efforts to focus on HTML5 as its replacement. It’s interesting they would make the decisions to do this now vs earlier when Apple’s Steve Jobs publicly pointed out the flaws of Flash and dismissed it as a viable multimedia platform for mobile devices. Seems like someone in the Adobe camp had an epiphany one morning and decided to turn a new leaf – we’ll never know for sure.
Regardless of Flash Mobile never truly seeing the light of day, the desktop version is still going strong and continues to hold a significant browser marketshare (99% to be exact), but is pretty low on the mobile side since the plugin didn’t play well with the Android or iOS mobile architectures. Still, there’s no denying the desktop version is going to be around many more years to come even when HTML5 gains momentum. In the end, the key underlying factors that triggered Adobe’s change of heart may prove beneficial for the company as they work their way into the mobile space. I know one thing for sure – Apple is definitely smiling.
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