Imagine buying a luxurious car with no wheels? It may sound tad absurd but try depicting the scenario, somehow. You buy the car thinking you would get those wheels installed at some nearby garage. What if even those guys refuse you to tack on the wheels? Would you curse yourself for being stupid enough to buy such a car, would you curse the car-manufacturer for not providing wheels or would you slander the good-guy for being not able to help?
That’s exactly the kind of dilemma Jellybean users have been put into.
We reported a few days back about how Android 4.1 would be void of Adobe Flash Player. We did not know then that Flash won’t work inside the flesh as well as outside the flesh.
What we apparently mean here is that we thought although Android 4.1 did not natively support Adobe Flash, Third-party apps would resolve the issue for the avant-garde Android-users by providing flash support for Jelly bean users.
However, as fate would have it, things do not seem flashy. Third-party Android browsers like Opera Mobile, Dolphin HD, and Firefox have already downplayed the thoughts of integrating Flash in Android 4.1. Adobe announced this last week following the Google I/O conference which clearly stated that Google 4.1 won’t support Flash.
Opera spokesman Thomas Ford asserted that it would be next to impossible to support Flash if the operating system itself did not support Flash. Though most websites now-a-days are encoded in the HTML5 format, interactive sites with rich media like videos, games and online publications pre-requisitely have embedded Flash plugins.
Google’s native browser- Google Chrome would be perhaps the first Flash-free Android browser. As more and more people are switching over to HTML5, Adobe realised that it won’t reach the same level of ubiquity with smartphones as it did with PCs.
Till now, Flash had been the distinguishing point between Apple and Android. Flash support had become a cult and perhaps considered a legitimate reason for rampant growth in the Android market. It provided rich controls and executed multimedia proficiently. The lack of Flash support would perhaps disappoint a few but for majority, it won’t be such a big issue (hopefully) as HTML5 which would replace Flash would have better functionalities and a more interactive interface.
RIM and Microsoft however would continue supporting Flash on their devices- Microsoft Surface and Playbook. We do not know if Android is going to stick to this stand.
The million dollar question nevertheless is does it make sense to drop Flash in eave of HTML5?
Is new always better?