by: Amy Wainwright, Marketing Intern – ASPE
Adobe Flash has been a dominant player in Web Development since its release in 2005. It’s most popular use has been in online video and games. In November of 2011, Adobe announced that they will no longer build or release new versions of Flash for mobile browsers. Why is this? What caused such a dominant web player to fall?
Flash was handed its death certificate when Apple refused to support it on their devices, including the iPhone and iPad. The first generation iPhone was released by Apple in 2007. Adobe did not release a mobile version of Flash until 2010. By this time, the iPhone was the most popular phone in the world and had apps where Flash did not matter. Adobe was not able to keep up with the technology for mobile devices and, therefore, missed their window of opportunity. Now you may ask, why can’t Flash still survive on desktop browsers? Well you are correct in that thought. Adobe Flash can still be used on desktop browsers, but its future does not look bright.
Mobile devices are currently the most popular and efficient way of connecting to the web. People do not need desktop browsers to connect to the web anymore. Eventually, any program unavailable on a mobile browser will no longer exist. Flash will exist for now, but only until developers learn new skills and can abandon Flash, if they haven’t already.
I have already seen changes in Flash from an education standpoint. I am currently a senior at North Carolina State University minoring in Art and Design. In my Multimedia and Digital Imaging course we have been using Flash all semester. I believe that it is great for students to have a background and understanding of Flash methods, but I also think it will become irrelevant. From listening to professors and professionals in the design field, I think Flash will eventually be erased from design curriculum.
What are you thoughts? Do you agree or disagree? Leave a comment and let’s keep the conversation going.