Adobe Drops Flash Player for Mobile Devices
This month Adobe announced that it will no longer develop the Flash Player for mobile devices. Wow! Steve Jobs said it was not a worthy technology for the iOS platform and that Apple would not support it. Now it goes away completely. Add another correct check mark for the late Steve Jobs.
Adobe did state it will release one final version of the Flash Player for Android and the BlackBerry Playbook. Danny Winokur, Vice President and General Manager of Interactive Development at Adobe stated on the Adobe Flash Platform blog: “HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively. This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms.” He also indicated that “These changes will allow us to increase investment in HTML5 and innovate with Flash where it can have most impact for the industry, including advanced gaming and premium video.”
PC Magazine, in a November 10, 2011 article (Why Adobe is Deflating Flash: HTML5), states “Adobe's decision yesterday to stop development of its Flash Player for mobile devices and instead focus on creating tools for HTML5 seemed inevitable, given the near-universal support that HTML5 has garnered from the makers of mobile operating systems.”
Wedge Networks Announces Protection Against Security Threats in HTML5
Wedge Networks’ patented WedgeOS platform will support, protect, and mitigate against malware found in HTML5 specific content threats. According to the November 15, 2011 press release, “HTML5 provides a rich, responsive and standardized web application environment, enabling trends like mobile access and cloud-based applications. It is rapidly being adopted by organizations as web designers leverage the new protocols to create dynamic content to improve the overall end user experience."
Safer than previous versions, HTML5 however, does continue to have security challenges. To take advantage of the benefits of HTML5 while maintaining security, organizations require solutions that first support the protocol, then utilize techniques to understand and secure the content transferred through it. The WedgeOS platform from Wedge Networks is the first platform to support and secure HTML5 content and protocols.”
Read the complete press release here.
The Wall Street Journal on HTML5
The Wall Street Journal published an article on HTML5 on November 11, 2011 titled “HTML5: A Look Behind the Technology Changing the Web”. The article’s author, Don Clark, states that according to binvisions.com, a blog that tracks Web technologies, 34% of the 100 most popular websites used HTML5 in the quarter ending in September. Mr. Clark goes on to say that despite the fact the HTML5 is missing some key features, the HTML5 excitement has spread, and many users won’t notice striking differences from websites that use Flash. Also in the article, Dean Hachamovitch of Microsoft is quoted as saying “When you show people HTML5 applications, they say that doesn’t feel at all like a website.”
Read the complete article here.
Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer
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