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It was a stealthy, barely noticed move. But it certainly is a monumental development, particularly for the millions of iPhone, iPod, and iPad owners perpetually confounded and frustrated by the...
04-27-2010, 10:21 AM #1
Apple Devices Rejoice! Facebook Gets HTML5 Video Playback Support
It was a stealthy, barely noticed move. But it certainly is a monumental development, particularly for the millions of iPhone, iPod, and iPad owners perpetually confounded and frustrated by the inability to watch the videos posted to Facebook that used to be played solely in Flash.
It looks like those days are over, as folks are beginning to report a strange and much-welcome phenomenon this morning.
It turns out Facebook is ditching the Flash-centric model of video support and running with open arms to HTML5 video playback support, which is now in place on the mega-social networking website. As a result, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad junkies can now check out videos that turn up in friends' newsfeeds. No more absent plug-in graphic.
Of course, the move hasn't been without an occasional bump, as some iPhone users, for example, report being able to watch the vids in the news-feed but not on the actual profile page of the individual who posted the clip. Nonetheless, the step made by Facebook in this new direction is significant and represents yet another industry shift in favor of Apple's staunch anti-Flash attitude and business model.
While most Facebook fanatics will likely be elated by the transition of the social networking giant into HTML5 support territory, Flash fans, on the other hand, will all but certainly take this move as yet another major slap in the face to Adobe and its quickly-eroding support base.
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El Zippo (04-27-2010)
04-27-2010, 10:23 AM #2
awesome. cant wait for iPhone to adopt this.
04-27-2010, 10:27 AM #3
Steve probably bought off facebook. Damned bastard..
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Forever Young (04-27-2010)
04-27-2010, 10:43 AM #5
Oh great facebook out of all things hurray
04-27-2010, 10:46 AM #6
Yes I agree! Flash is slowly fading away give it a few years and were all on html5! Which is better and faster in many many ways
04-27-2010, 10:47 AM #7
that must have hurt adobe, #1 social network ditching their precious flash...I like the idea of implementing standards, regardless of apple-adobe struggle..
04-27-2010, 10:57 AM #8
Sweet hopefully other websites fall in line lol
04-27-2010, 10:57 AM #9
Just another example of how flash is fading, and by them not working with Apple, its pushing them away faster.It's only impossible if you quit.
04-27-2010, 10:58 AM #10
sad to see flash going... but Im excited about the potential of HTML5. Weighing out the pros and cons of flash vs. HTML5, HTML5 is obviously a better choice these days. The less users have to think about doing what they want to do, the better.
04-27-2010, 11:09 AM #11
oh, **** yeah. finally
EDIT: just realised what momentum Apple can create. They ditch it, everybody else does...
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04-27-2010, 11:14 AM #12
I really hope that flash won't die out... It's the next best format to .mkv. It won't be that easy to change from flash to HTML5 maybe only for video.. But other stuff will remain.. Games,ads ... Many more.
04-27-2010, 11:18 AM #13
The Take over starts....King Los aka Los Ninyo
04-27-2010, 11:43 AM #14
Yeeeeessssssssss, take that flash lmao
04-27-2010, 11:45 AM #15
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04-27-2010, 12:12 PM #18
sweet move one reason less for the moaners who complain abt lack of flash hope this trend continue and it will be in their faces (them=moaners not adobe they have other products which i prefer to use)
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04-27-2010, 12:30 PM #20
so trying to play a facebook video yields me with this message.
"Video Playback Not Supported
THe video you are trying to watch cannot be played back on your device. Please try to view this on a device that supports Adobe Flash."
so much for facebook ditching adobe... GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!!! lol jk. but seriously that's the error message i just got from facebook on my iPhone 3GS