So if you didn’t already know, flash for mobile is no longer with us. Not that it ever really made it to handheld devices (a couple). So what does this mean? HTML5 and Canvas. Expect from Adobe a the ability to create HTML5 Canvas animations and everything else to go along with it.
Adobe says to ZDNET:
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.
Tech Crunch sums it up nicely:
The notion that Apple wouldn’t include it on the iPhone because of performance issues was pure hogwash.
The same thing was said in 2009.
The same thing was said in 2010.
The same thing was still being said in 2011.
So you’ll forgive me when I snicker a bit at the news tonight that Adobe plans to cease development of their Flash player for mobile devices.
Anyway… what does this mean for you? Well, we create you HTML5 device ready websites which work in all browsers (degraded gracefully for IE6) and you don’t know the difference. Better for us, better for you, better for Google and Baidu (SEO).
The future is brighter :-)