Goodbye Flash on Mobile

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Today will go down in history as “The beginning of the end“. Adobe undermined their own platform by killing the very technology that (only months before) they claimed made “the full web” possible on a mobile device. That doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in their future promises.

To be honest I never really toyed around with Flash on mobile for the very simple reason: I’m an iOS user. Yup, no Flash Player for me on my iDevice. And you know what: The only thing I realized was how many people/companies used Flash where HTML/JS was a valid alternative. This kind of pushed me away from the Flash platform, I guess.
I went to focus my energy on Javascript, Jquery, NodeJS and Objective-C. However I did still keep up with the evolution of the Flash Platform as it was the very reason I got into this industry. I was just waiting for the next big thing in Flash which would make me go back.

What Adobe did today seems to me like proof that they will tell us anything to make us stick around. They now say they’ll refocus their energy on Flash/AIR on desktop and AIR on mobile devices… Sure, but they also told us they’d perfect the mobile Flash Player and bring the full web to the mobile browser. Who’s to say they don’t drop the Flash Platform altogether within the next 12-24 months?

To me, the future of the Flash Platform has become very uncertain. And it seems I’m not alone. That’s why I won’t be spending a lot of my spare time on it anymore.

Thank you Flash. You brought me into this industry, you enabled me to do things I didn’t even know I wanted to do, you connected me with many people and you gave me opportunities in life I wouldn’t have had otherwise.
You were a good friend to me but times change and we all have to move on.
Thanks for the great memories.


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Ronny is a freelance frontend developer with a wild passion for creativity and a relentless hate against flat design. Ronny spent years as a Flash developer before moving to HTML5 and rediscovering fun and happiness.

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  1. Wouter

    Even if they are going to focus on AIR for mobile devices, by not communicating properly they are basically killing Flash in total. Just have a look around the mac forums, none of them know the difference between Flash and Flash for mobile …

    I’ve lost interest in Flash a few months ago, even as a long time Flash lover I could see that it isn’t the future anymore.
    Sure, AIR for mobile devices is great, but it needs more native support, until then it remains a little useless.

    Time to move on, learn some new stuff.


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