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Adobe Sticks A Fork In Flash For Android

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Some future Flash had!

by bluecoyote    Jun 29, 2012, 2:16 PM

Flash on mobile was an unmitigated disaster from day one. I'm speaking from experience- my HTC Evo usually is stuck deciding between showing the HTML5 video content or Flash content depending on whether the site is showing the desktop or mobile version. On Flash, it's a 30 second long process to even start loading the video. On HTML5, it's 3 seconds.

Flash was simply terrible. It was late to ship, ran into numerous performance issues, and at *best* all it served as was a bridge for sites that hadn't converted to HTML5/MPEG-4. (I don't think *anyone* is going to argue that HTML5/MPEG-4 isn't superior in every way to mobile flash.)

Hard to believe this was what RIM *and* Google pinned as their competitive advantage over iOS as little as a year ago. In the end, the mobile world is better because Apple (and later Microsoft) put their foot down and said it was *not* an acceptable solution to deliver mobile content.

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