The Adobe versus Apple battle over Flash support took a strange turn over the recent weeks when an Adobe Flash to HTML5 converter tool was demonstrated at Adobe’s MAX 2010 conference.
It’s no secret that Apple has rejected Flash citing that Adobe does not adequately support the software in relation to Mac OSX. With the unbridled popularity of Apple’s iOS devices and the lack of Flash support on those devices many companies have recoded their websites to implement HTML as opposed to Flash. The number of users that surf the web on their Apple devices is too plentiful for these companies to ignore. Companies like Virgin are beginning to realize that their user base is highly mobile, and half of those users are iOS users while the other are Android, HTML5 runs nicely on both operating systems.
Although the converter tool has not yet been scheduled for release it’s evident that Adobe is looking for ways to enable developers to code for multiple formats. Studies reveal that over half the content on the web is coded in HTML5 so it is in Adobe’s best interest to bend a bit on this issue.
So, is Adobe caving to the fact that Apple refuses to support Flash on their devices? At this point it sure seems to be the case, although various experts state that Adobe’s main concern is giving people what they want and they want Flash content on their iOS devices.
If you’re keeping score you can put this one in the column of Apple, Inc. But lets face it, for this whole mobile world to live in peace and harmony I think we need to be able to access both Flash and HTML5 on all our mobile devices until HTML5 becomes the web standard.
Would you rather see two formats for a long period of time or would you rather see on of the two win outright as soon as possible? What format would you prefer see win out.