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Adobe to back HTML5 over Flash in mobile

In Adobe, competition, Flash, HTML, HTML5, mobile, PC, rivalry, TechCrunch on November 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Remember the whole Flash/HTML5 rivalry?

Well yesterday news hit that Adobe Systems Incorporated will soon cease Flash player plug-in development for mobile browsers.

Now, the American computer software company will encourage mobile users to utilize the Adobe Air platform, and even back it’s former competitor – HTML5.

According to, Adobe VP Danny Winokur said, “HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively. This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms. We are excited about this, and will continue our work with key players in the HTML community, including Google, Apple, Microsoft and RIM, to drive HTML5 innovation they can use to advance their mobile browsers.”

So does this mean that Adobe Flash has failed in one form or another, or is just simply giving up?

Some would say it is because Flash never made the transition from PC to mobile web. But why couldn’t such a successful company make the change?

According to TechCrunch, mobile devices “rely on small batteries, which need to last for days at a time. For this reason, mobile phones have slower, less power-hungry CPUs. The original iPhone had a 412 MHz CPU. That’s about how fast desktop CPUs were back in 1998. That was basically a 9 year setback in CPU speeds, which was more than Adobe’s Flash Player could handle.”

Hence, slowing down the CPU means slowing down the graphics performance.

It’s not really worth putting in the effort on an application when the results will work much slower than intended.

Maybe pulling out of the game is the best move for Adobe at this time. Who knows – maybe they’ll surprise us with something new in the near future.



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