Many seemed to have predicted this would happen after Apple refused to support Adobe Flash technology for its iPhones, iPods, and iPads. Apple Company’s prize fight for flashless development of its devices seems to have a negative ripple effect on Adobe’s part. After more than a year and a half of competing with the rise of HTML5, Adobe decided to withdraw its support in the Android version of Flash Player. The announcement certainly shocked the tech industry starting in November 2012. It’s fascinating news as it’s just one year after Adobe tried to develop a stable version of Flash for devices running Google’s operating system. Even though the Android app for running flash on mobile has made some updates after the Adobe withdrawal issue, still, the standard is already considered dead.
However, some mobile users have been able to install such an application and view Flash content on their phones and tablets because some browsers still support the system. On the other hand, when Google released a Chrome for Android that lacks Flash support, Adobe finally made the decision to withdraw its resources and stop offering future installations of Flash technology for mobile devices.
Despite Apple’s oppression of adopting Flash technology, many still use the platform and many are still excited to continue using it for more interactive and expressive website content. Although the late tech innovator Steve Jobs said that HTML5 will be the new web standard they have adopted for years, many still debate the functionality of the two (Flash Technology and HTML5). An article on Forbes.com written by Fred Cabazza states that Flash and HTML5 technology should not be compared because they have different uses. In addition, Cabazza added: “The best and most important part is that you don’t have to choose between HTML5 and Flash because you can use both. Perhaps the best answer is to recognize that HTML5 and Flash have their pros and cons and that you can use one or one or both depending on the experience you want to provide, your ROI and SEO constraints, and the human resources you access.”
Cabazza quickly ended his article with a startling statement: “In short, it’s not a zero-sum game. Rather, it’s a process of natural evolution, where HTML is catching up while Flash is focusing on advanced features (and reducing, even while consolidating, its market share). Both are complementary. So please stop comparing.”