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Adobe Flash Player Out, HTML5 In: What it Means for Users

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Five years down the line and the infamous Steve Jobs’ letter titled “Thoughts on Flash” is still a fresh memory.

According to the iPhone genius, Flash Player uses lots of energy, lacks quality performance on mobile devices and it has poor security.

Even though Adobe has moved on to address some of these issues in the latest updates, it seems this is doing the company no favor as it appears we’re getting closer to bidding farewell to this application. A few years ago, Flash Player was the king of playing internet video content; however, this is no longer the case, as the number has drastically reduced. However, this should not get you thinking that Adobe is simply gone. No! There are still millions of items on the internet, among them GIFs, videos, animations, ads and games that are still being powered by Adobe Flash Player.

Ever since it made its debut, HTML5 has been doing great at impeding Flash. The application is now beginning to take center stage as far as creative formats are concerned; something that is validated by the recent positions taken by Mozilla and Google with respect to multimedia content.

When you take into consideration the fact that Flash Player is a native client that must be installed on a device, you will realize that the app for sure has no long term chance against HTML5, which needs no installation. However, one thing that many Flash Player haters are forgetting is that this application was built for the desktop niche and as such, its long load times are not just what mobile environments are after.

What an end to Flash Player would mean

Adobe Flash Player has been around for ages and millions still use it. It sometimes becomes difficult to think of the internet without Flash Player, however, it seems for sure, everything is possible.

Publishers will somehow be the biggest gainers if this move to kill the Flash Player succeeds. Resources used in the engineering process of apps will greatly be saved. In the past, it has been a problem for video publishers to pick up a specific standard, something that has eventually forced them to stick to Flash Player in order to keep their business ads running. However, HTML5 code base is also supported and when it comes to rolling out updates, both cases must be taken care of, which is time and resource consuming.

When everything finally switches to HTML5, there will be lots of improvements in terms of development time, supportability and there won’t be a need to duplicate efforts just because of handling two code bases since one has been eliminated. The end products will have reduced operational costs as well as enhanced, consistent user experience regardless of the devices in use.

Today a lot of media is consumed on mobile devices and as noted earlier, Flash Player has never been the best on mobile devices. The direction towards HTML5 might just be the right way for prioritizing the provision of probably the best experience on mobile devices.

You’d better start getting ready for the new HTML5 because Google Chrome is already getting ready for this, and as you all know, Chrome is the most popular web browser.