Adobe rep offers more info on Flash Android support

Last week, Adobe stunned the tech world when it announced it was no longer going to develop Flash Player for Google's Android operating system (along with the Blackberry Playbook). Adobe's official announcement didn't provide much information about why the decision was made.

A few days later, Mike Chambers, one of Adobe's developers, decided to write a lengthy post on his personal blog that went into more detail surrounding the move to pull future Android support for Flash. One big reason was that Flash was never going to be used on mobile platforms as much as the PC desktop.

Chambers said, "This effectively meant that if you wanted to use Flash to deliver a rich web experience in the browser on mobile devices you would have to provide both a Flash based, as well as HTML5 based solution. Given the strong support for HTML5 across modern mobile devices, it simply made more sense to create an HTML5 based solution."

There were also issues with how people used Flash on a mobile device as opposed to a desktop web browser. That included things like screen size, resolution, network latency issues and more. Adobe found that users on mobile devices used stand alone applications more than web browser-based programs. Finally, the growth of HTML5 as a platform for web-based applications for mobile devices made Flash less viable.

Chambers said, "I understand that not everyone may not agree with all of the conclusions drawn above. However, given these points, along with the increasing complexity and costs of developing the Flash Player for mobile browsers, we decided that further development was not the best use of our engineering resources."

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im just saying this b/c everyone made a big commotion when the iphone came out and lacked flash, then of course the first android and blackberry smartphones/tablets started adverts about them having flash and it made everyone happy for the time being.

yep, good you are not developer since otherwise more than 50% of the users would not be able to load you app and for the enterprise figures are way worse.

I have nothing against html5 but it needs 2-3 years just to become what flash was 2 years ago and you'll still need hacks for different browsers etc.

wv@gt said,
if everything they say is true then it should have never been released to begin with

Why? In the interim it served it's purpose. Hopefully more developers start using HTML 5. Until then, Mobile flash has been serving its purpose.

Adobe should just cease developing Flash altogether, and let HTML5 lead the way!

As a developer, if I were to write an app for both mobile devices and desktops, I'm going to go for HTML5 if there's support on both types of devices - what developers are going to develop a Flash version of an app/website for desktops and an HTML5 version for mobile devices, if an HTML5 solution will work across the board!!?

Come on Adobe, let Flash die already!! ...get with the program - HTML5/CSS3 is the way forward!

GreatMarkO said,
Adobe should just cease developing Flash altogether, and let HTML5 lead the way!

As a developer, if I were to write an app for both mobile devices and desktops, I'm going to go for HTML5 if there's support on both types of devices - what developers are going to develop a Flash version of an app/website for desktops and an HTML5 version for mobile devices, if an HTML5 solution will work across the board!!?

Come on Adobe, let Flash die already!! ...get with the program - HTML5/CSS3 is the way forward!


Agree 100%

GreatMarkO said,
Adobe should just cease developing Flash altogether, and let HTML5 lead the way!

As a developer, if I were to write an app for both mobile devices and desktops, I'm going to go for HTML5 if there's support on both types of devices - what developers are going to develop a Flash version of an app/website for desktops and an HTML5 version for mobile devices, if an HTML5 solution will work across the board!!?

Come on Adobe, let Flash die already!! ...get with the program - HTML5/CSS3 is the way forward!


Yeah sure they're going to fully stop development on what is still their most popular product because you don't like it!

I can see that happening. Ayep.

randomevent said,

Yeah sure they're going to fully stop development on what is still their most popular product because you don't like it!

I can see that happening. Ayep.


We live in a world that evolves every day. Adobe has to cope with the new technologies and HTML5 is one of them. They need to roll out a new Flash application that does just HTML5, but something specifically designed to let us make games. Dreamweaver won't do the thing.

GreatMarkO said,
Adobe should just cease developing Flash altogether, and let HTML5 lead the way!

The same should be said about Silverlight too. Oh wait, nobody really uses that on sites, never mind.

UndergroundWire said,

The same should be said about Silverlight too. Oh wait, nobody really uses that on sites, never mind.


Somewhere here does, and they've not quite managed to even install it on the internal network correctly, so it's a total fail for a rubbish designed internal site we're forced to use.

The Teej said,

Occupy Flash doesn't even make sense. The idea is to REMOVE flash, not crowd around it. A better name would have been "TrashFlash" or "FlushFlash".

#occupyeverything

stevember said,
So Steve Jobs was right. I hate it when that happens.

Adobe have not tried to hide the fact that currently Flash only serves as a transition tool until HTML5 is complete and developers start using it, currently flash is still the "premier" web gaming platform on the PC, and obviously it isn't on the phones since the apps built specifically for a phone just work that much better. Which is also why they're keeping Adobe Air.

So on that part we all agreed, what Steve Jobs also did say was that Flash was a batterykiller, and that is just borderline defamatory considering that when you begin seing a transition to HTML5, so will ads transition, and at some point there's only so much you can blame on a poor implementation.

stevember said,
So Steve Jobs was right. I hate it when that happens.

He was, but I don't think anyone ever disagreed. However, he was ahead of trends, and while it's all well and good saying he was right, at the time he wasn't, because HTML5 had little penetration of the web. Fast forward to today, and Flash certainly isn't needed on mobiles, but back in 2007, it was needed (to an extent).

stevember said,
So Steve Jobs was right. I hate it when that happens.

The only people that care about this is the ones that didn't have it to begin with. Just an observation.