It looks as if Flash is the forgotten soul in the mobile arena. Like a shunned outcast, the multimedia platform has slowly been left out and finally replaced. With the release of the Android ‘jelly bean’ OS the widely used Adobe product is in a downward spiral toward desktop only applications and other non-mobile markets. Apple was the first major player to turn its head away from Flash and with Android following suit it signals the demise for Flash in the world of mobile computing.
Some third party applications may do CPR for a short time but the mobile community will see the Flash platform quietly slip away. In a last gasp of AIR, Adobe may try to hold on to some of the mobile computing future but it seems the leaner HTML5 and its co-worker CSS3 will be the eventual providers of rich mobile multimedia.
I’m not totally convinced that separate web sites for mobile users are such a great web developing concept either. There is no reason to offer different content to a connection just because it’s a mobile connection. If the web site is built on good programming principles then a mobile connection will offer the same user experience as a desktop connection. If you feel in your heart-of-hearts you must re-direct mobile users to a different site then give them the choice. I would guess most would opt for the real site.
Programmers have the tools, RESTful programming for one, to see what the device can do and push content based on that. If a site is programmed for sharp, clean delivery to mobile devices then desktop connections would benefit also. In fact with mobile devices outselling desktop systems shouldn’t we be programming for the larger market. We don’t need to change the content in either case; we should deliver the same rich content no matter how the user connected.
Flash is not being supported in mobile devices going forward because the platform is too much of a drain on mobile devices and the future of mobile computing needs to be smarter on content delivery. Isn’t this true for computing in general? HTML5 and CSS3 is a great advancement for web content delivery on mobile devices, especially multimedia, so how much more is it beneficial for desktop computing?
by Jim Atkins "thedosmann"