Adobe Flash Player to die a slow death


It was almost a year ago today that I questioned whether the lack of Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) support for Adobe Flash mattered. And, ironically, just last week, Adobe announced that it will no longer develop the Flash Player for mobile devices, saying it will release one final version of the Flash Player for Android and the BlackBerry PlayBook.

It was also a year ago that the war of words erupted between the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Adobe. Adobe called out Apple's closed and proprietary system, saying Flash supported a multi-platform, heterogeneous and open ecosystem. Apple called Adobe Flash "buggy" and said Apple products would not support Flash technology. Instead, Jobs said, HTML 5 was the future.

Of course, Jobs was correct about HTML 5. In a company blog this week, Adobe called HTML 5  "universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively. This makes HTML 5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms."

But what's interesting is the fact that the support of Flash is still being used as a competitive differentiator among Android device makers and by Research In Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM). As observed by eWeek, Flash continues to be mentioned on the websites of Android tablet makers and should remain a "competitive differentiator" for now. And it's business as usual at RIM, which posted a statement: "As an Adobe source-code licensee, we will continue to work on and release our own implementations, and are looking forward to including Flash 11.1 for the BlackBerry PlayBook."

So it looks like Flash will die a slow death. - Lynnette