Starting on Wednesday, August 15, Android users will no longer be able to install Flash on their smartphones or tablet devices. Say goodbye to the “full web experience,” as Adobe once put it. But is this for the best?
In late 2011, following some very vocal criticism from Steve Jobs in 2010, Adobe said it would stop development of Flash for mobile handsets and instead move on to HTML5.
Even without Jobs’s blessing, Adobe struggled with its offering on Android, eventually withdrawing from the platform altogether. In addition, Microsoft only pledged limited support for the platform in Windows 8. Even one Adobe project manager admitted Flash would never “achieve the same ubiquity on mobile that is has on the desktop.”
Of course, Adobe will still continue to focus on its strength in the desktop and laptop browser, along with gaming and video, and it still has its Adobe Air product available for mobile. R.I.P. Flash.