Flash disappears from Android store – Jobs was right
Steve Jobs famously challenged Adobe to demonstrate (mobile) Flash in its glory on handheld devices, and claimed it never passed his test. Well, The Register reports that the Flash Player is to vanish from the Android store today, as well.
Mashable.com reports Adobe flagged this back in June, with Jelly Bean being the clincher:
“There will be no certified implementations of Flash Player for Android 4.1,” writes Adobe on its official blog, adding that it recommends “uninstalling Flash Player on devices which have been upgraded to Android 4.1.”
When it came to low power devices, touch interfaces and open standards – key mobile concerns – Jobs always claimed Flash fell short.
In his “open letter“, at the time, about Apple’s rejection of Flash, he wrote:
“We have routinely asked Adobe to show us Flash performing well on a mobile device, any mobile device, for a few years now. We have never seen it. Adobe publicly said that Flash would ship on a smartphone in early 2009, then the second half of 2009, then the first half of 2010, and now they say the second half of 2010. We think it will eventually ship, but we’re glad we didn’t hold our breath. Who knows how it will perform?”
He also wrote
“Adobe has repeatedly said that Apple mobile devices cannot access “the full web” because 75% of video on the web is in Flash. What they don’t say is that almost all this video is also available in a more modern format, H.264, and viewable on iPhones, iPods and iPads. YouTube, with an estimated 40% of the web’s video, shines in an app bundled on all Apple mobile devices, with the iPad offering perhaps the best YouTube discovery and viewing experience ever.”
It seems mobile Flash will not cut the mustard, ever, on handheld devices. Steve Jobs was right…
Adobe is concentrating its mobile efforts on Adobe AIR instead.