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  • iOS May Start Taking Leads Over Android, Why? Flash.

    Android gets Flash (usually), iOS doesn't. This may change.

    In a report this morning by The Verge, Adobe seems to be killing mobile Flash support for Android and RIM devices. What does this mean? It means Android and iOS may finally be at the same playing level. Steve Jobs of Apple never wanted Flash on the iDevice lineup. As of late, he put his faith in HTML 5 which is slowly taking support on the Internet. Adobe, wants to grasp HTML 5, too. That being said, Android devices and iOS devices will be on the same page HTML 5, with no Flash support.

    Quote Originally Posted by Adobe
    Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.
    So Adobe will continue to support those who have Flash already, however no new devices or new Android operating systems will be supported. So to get that awesome new Android phone after your Flash-supported one becomes a dinosaur will mean sacrificing the Adobe Flash and joining the bandwagon that is the future of mobile computing. iDevices already support HTML 5 in iOS 5's enhanced Safari. So iOS is ready for this change. How about you Android? I personally don't know how Android devices cope with HTML 5 because I've never owned one. But I know that the killing of Adobe Flash for Android might kill some Android fans' interest in the product. Flash is generally one of the first reasons that is brought up in Android versus iOS debates. Without Flash, I would say iOS and Android are on pretty level playing fields.

    So what does this mean for Apple? Well, the iPad 2 is already a hit. It cannibalizes the market and it's priced very well. The only people who aren't buying iPads? The people buying Android tablets (nix the small percentage of other tablets). Those people are the ones bragging that they have flash on their tablets. A great number of those tablet owners may be frustrated with this news as in about a year when tablets start sporting quad-core processors, their Flash supported single/dual core tablets will feel like sluggish boxes. When they upgrade they may just buy the next iPad. This is great for Apple because they like to collect money from their dear and beloved iPad.

    It's not only Apple that has taken the stage light off of Flash, but Google, too has brought more attention to HTML 5 than Flash as The Verge reports. So Adobe feels a little left out and wants to kill Flash to start bringing support for HTML 5 to make both major sellers happy (and to make money of course).

    So what do you think? If you have an Android device and it no longer gets to have Flash, will you go with iOS? Share below!

    Sources: The Verge
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS May Start Taking Leads Over Android, Why? Flash. started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
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    1. dannyrocket's Avatar
      dannyrocket -
      Quote Originally Posted by BenderRodriguez View Post
      I find it sad that your replying to a 4 month old almost dead thread
      Why? Maybe he just saw the thread?