Adobe Flash vs HTML5 – The War Comes to an End

Adobe took an abrupt about face today and announced that they are discontinuing the Flash player for mobile devices.  To Flash or not to Flash has been a big issue and in some cases, a differentiated option that vendors such as RIM and Motorola touted.  Apple’s position was very clear – Flash on mobile sucks!  Sucks both in terms of user experience and also on the impact it has to battery life.  Additionally it created a symbiotic dependancy on Adobe for producing ‘bug-free’ software.

On the desktop platform, one can expect to get six to ten Flash updates per year – all addressing security concerns.  This is something that clearly we do not want to have propagated on a mobile platform.

Steve Jobs and Apple refused to support Flash.  Now after a year later, Adobe has conceded that Flash simply is not the right solution for mobile, instead focusing their efforts on HTML5.

This becomes a huge win for the Apple camp and significantly affects competitors such as Research in Motion that were clearly looking to Flash as being the one thing they could offer that Apple wouldn’t.

About Grant Fengstad

I’m a technology professional in the travel and transportation sector and have been very involved with the Internet for over 20 years.