Sunday, November 13, 2011

Adobe Announces It is Officially Killing Mobile Flash

Adobe Flash Logo.jpg
This is a curious "chicken & egg" story.  When the original iPad came out, many tech lovers couldn't believe that Apple was't supporting mobile Flash on the device.  There was  a fairly big "brouhaha" about the whole deal and Steve Jobs was alternately praised & pilloried over the decision.  However, Steve being Steve, he stuck to his guns, refusing to cave to pressure and the next generation of iPod was released still not supporting mobile Flash.  It strange,  but I really don't feel like I miss it all that much on the iPad I own.  I also have a Motorola Xoom which does support Flash, and I don't find myself reaching for one device or the other based on what I need to view.
I began thinking that maybe Steve was right, although I never fully drank the Apple Kool-Aid.
Now, however, it's more chicken & egg than ever before.  You see, on November 9th, 2011 at 5:59 a.m. Danny Winokur, Vice President & General Manager, Interactive Development at Adobe announced on the Adobe Blog, that Adobe would no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook.
So, did video kill the radio star?  (And if you don't get that really deep 80's reference, you'll have to loo that up... sorry)
I'm not sure whether Jobs & Apple's failure to support Flash did t his or whetehr the writing was on the wall.  Either way, Flash on mobile is now dead.
For the full post & information, click on the link above.

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