After an announcement last Tuesday from Adobe that 750 jobs would be cut in Northern America and Europe because of restructuring, they have also shared with the public their plans to stop development of Adobe Flash plug-ins for mobile devices. This just a year after the late Steve Jobs’ proclamation that Flash was on its way out.
Adobe Flash has been a staple in the technology world for PCs, so when the development of smaller mobile devices came into play, it was only natural for Adobe to create add-on for consumers already familiar with their applications. For years, Adobe struggled to perfect its mobile applications, but unfortunately, the results have been less than stellar.
In recent years, Apple simply stopped using Adobe Flash in any form. After the release of the iPad and the noticeable absence of Adobe support on its system, Flash began disappearing from any Apple mobile devices. This was fallowed soon by Apples late CEO, Steve Jobs, predicting that Flash was not designed for mobile devices and would fall short when it came to providing a practical platform for mobile Web browsing.
Despite Adobe’s stubbornness in the past to try and make Flash a usable add-on in the mobile device industry, it has always been a well known fact that Flash simply required too much from a device to run with any real efficiency. Its CPU usage, as well as the battery allocation needed for any Flash-based operation, was simply too much for most phones, tablets and Blackberries to handle on a regular basis.
This is not necessarily bad news for Adobe. By switching focus to HTML5, Adobe is moving forward in an industry that is constantly changing. It may soon be unreasonable to expect Flash to work well on even the new Windows 8 Operating System due out next year. With the popularity of Meta style design included on the Windows 8 OS, Flash may soon be a thing of the past. Regardless of Adobe’s plans, it will still provide support for existing add-ons.