What the Death of Flash for Android Means

It is official.  As of yesterday, Adobe dropped Flash for Android and will be blocking all future installations (read the story here).  What does this mean for the future of the internet for Android?  How about flash-based games and applications that we are so much used to?  What direction will this issue steer Android or does Google have an alternative solution to the flash issue?  We are all thinking that Google or Adobe has to have something in mind – the internet and most applications will just not be the same without Flash.

Flash is far from dead, contrary to what everyone may assume based on Adobe’s move to pull the plug.  What happened is that we can no longer see it on the Android browser.  We know that Adobe still supports it on Windows and Mac operating systems and Google Chrome pushes it on to Linux.  Flash is well and alive on desktop computers and it appears to me that it will continue keeping the internet and our computing lives vibrant and interactive for the foreseeable future.

The main reason Flash is so popular today is because it is dynamic and Adobe made it so simple to create flash-based applications and content.  Although the tools used to develop flash content were quite costly, in the end the results were professional and tweakable to do wonderful things.  More importantly, they were so easy to use such that anyone with a basic understanding of how a computer works could create flash content in a jiffy.  With something so simple yet so useful, it is not hard to understand why people get worried when news go around that Flash is dead.

At the moment, the only news we have is that Adobe will not be supporting flash on Android but we do not know what plans they have for the desktop version.  What we know is that Flash content on desktop will not be going away anytime soon.  HTML 5 is a wonderful language to use but it requires many tools, applications and features to make it even more productive and dynamic, and this is where companies like Adobe come in.  As more and more developers go for HTML 5 and as companies make it easier to use even by non-techies, its popularity will grow.

The many games and applications that run on Flash at the moment may slowly transmute into HTML 5 content.  This will happen over time though, but for the immediate future, those already with flash will continue using it, those without it but want to install, may have to use some backdoor means or go for applications and content specially adapted for HTML 5.