Since the dawn of the iPhone there has been a battle between Adobe and Apple over Apple’s resistance to support the Flash platform on it’s mobile devices. Well, Adobe finally announced this week that it is dropping Flash development on all mobile platforms. That means many web-based applications and services that currently make use of Flash will slowly migrate to other technologies.
From our standpoint this is good news. Flash is a good thing, don’t get us wrong, but we have been discouraging the use of Flash for clients largely on the part of its lack of presence on Apple devices such as the iPhone and iPad. We have found ways around heavy Flash usage, but often it comes at premium cost. Additionally, it would be difficult to support a content-rich website with integrated Flash usage and maintain a consistent user experience across multiple devices (smart phones, laptops, desktops and tablets).
Flash set the pace for many years, but it now seems there are better options ready to take its place.