Last week, Adobe announced that it was going to be discontinuing its work on its mobile Flash player. The news wasn’t that surprising, but it seemed to catch a lot of folks off-guard. There was even some confusion regarding the company’s decision to end the project.

With that in mind, Adobe’s Principal Product Manager for developer relations on the Flash platform, Mike Chambers, took to his blog yesterday. He felt that he needed to clear the air on why Adobe chose to nix the mobile Flash project…

In his lengthy post, Chambers lists several factors that contributed to the failure of mobile Flash. Among them includes the growing popularity of HTML5, hardware fragmentation (different screen sizes, resolutions, etc.), and, of course, Apple.

“This one should be pretty apparent, but given the fragmentation of the mobile market, and the fact that one of the leading mobile platforms (Apple’s iOS) was not going to allow the Flash Player in the browser, the Flash Player was not on track to reach anywhere near the ubiquity of the Flash Player on desktops.

Just to be very clear on this. No matter what we did, the Flash Player was not going to be available on Apple’s iOS anytime in the foreseeable future.”

That’s because Flash hasn’t ever performed well on mobile devices. At least not consistently. And even if it does work for an extended amount of time, it drains your battery. Tests have shown that running Flash video can reduce a device’s battery life by over 50%.

Chambers fails to mention this in his post, even though it’s obviously relevant. Just think, if Flash performed well on mobile devices, and it didn’t suffer from any of the hurdles Steve Jobs outlined in his “Thoughts on Flash” letter, why wouldn’t Apple have used it?

The bottom line is, mobile Flash didn’t fail because of Apple. It didn’t fail because of HTML5. It failed because it sucked.

  • Something that Jobs understood much earlier. It’s good that Adobe finally decided this.

  • Stick that in your Droid pipe and smoke it!!!

    Flash was dead 3 years ago. Why did Adobe not realise this sooner??

  • I love your bottom lines, Cody!
    ‘The bottom line is, mobile Flash didn’t fail because of Apple. It didn’t fail because of HTML5. It failed because it sucked.’

  • Well, I never loved flash, I wish they drop it for other platform either … All those crashes and shit …

    Do something !

  • Flash is just for porn and a games anyway, we got the app store which knocks out the game portion of things. And for porn, just fuck your girlfriend.

  • Anonymous

    Why should there be flash from the first time if they know they can’t make it “stable”?

  • Anonymous

    Dose this mean that nandroid devices will only be using html5 soon

    I hope so cos I’m sick of those fags saying at least we got the full Internet
    Yeh but at half the battery cost

    You bunch of asses

  • Well, cmon Flash is old tech just like steve said, and it was since 2007, the future is what they have to spend time in trying to find out whats next

  • RIP bitch

  • Anonymous

    The reason that Apple does not allow Flash on its iOS products has nothing to do with battery life or performance. If that were the case, they could just put a disclaimer like they do for using the GPS (which causes a HUGE amount of battery drain).

    The reason they don’t allow it is the same reason they don’t allow Hulu Plus on the Apple TV. It is a threat to their iTunes store purchases.

    Yes, they do allow Netflix, but I think the only reason they allow it is because if they didn’t, no one would buy an Apple TV.

  • It’s about time they folded. Gonna’ take a while to die out as well :/

  • Using ur phone uses baterry. I hate hearing the baterry excuse. It just didnt perform well for the resources it was handeling and on top bugs and crash to that. Sucked indeed

  • Painman

    “That’s because Flash hasn’t ever performed well on mobile devices. At least not consistently. And even if it does work for an extended amount of time, it drains your battery. Tests have shown that running Flash video can reduce a device’s battery life by over 50%.”

    Or you could reduce your devices battery life by 50% by installing iOS 5.0.1, the choice is yours 🙂

  • Just another example of Apple’s greatest strength: foreseeing the trends and life of technology.

    • Painman

      I think you’ll find that that was one of Steve Job’s strengths. One wonders if the ‘New’ Apple will do so well at it.

  • Jesus… We need something !! Comex where are you !! (Frash)

  • We need some thing though… There’s no reason that we should have superb devices without full HTML or flash Internet . Where’s Comex ? (Frash)