Adobe Flash Player: Good Riddance

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As of today*, you can no longer install Adobe Flash Player onto your Android smartphone or tablet. Adobe decided to give up on this software for a very good reason: it was terrible.

Adobe LogoIf you never had an opportunity to try it out, sorry you missed out on all the slow response times, skipping, and crashing. It’s completely understandable why Adobe has dropped this app — it was spending loads of money to make something that didn’t work very well, and never could.

Adobe Flash was designed to run on desktops with much faster processors than can be found in any mobile device. Despite years of effort, Adobe simply couldn’t squeeze it into a device running an ARM-based chip.

Apple made this decision years ago, which is why there’s never be a version of Flash Player for the iOS. Adobe wanted to make one, but Apple wouldn’t let it.

A Better Alternative

At this point, some of you might be confused. You’re thinking “I watch video embedded into web pages all the time without a problem. That’s all Flash, right?” Actually, no.

Quite a few companies (like Apple, Google, Microsoft, etc.) decided years ago that Flash wasn’t a very good format and proposed an alternative, HTML5. It’s widely used today, so if you go to a site on your smartphone or tablet see and see an embedded video, it’s almost certainly not Flash.

The goal of HTML5 is to create something that can do everything Flash can do, but at this point there are still loads of free games on the Web that use the old format. Without Flash you can’t play these, but with the Android version of Flash Player they simply weren’t worth playing. Unless you’re a masochist who likes terrible performance and crashing apps. Regular apps are much better.

The Writing Is on the Wall

To put this in perspective, you want to know who else has embraced this new format? Adobe. That’s right, the maker of the Flash Player has accepted that it uses a dying format, and it now makes tools that help companies create streaming video in HTML5.

Analysis

Support for HTML5 is part of the default Android web browser (and iOS and Windows Phone, too), so you don’t have to worry about installing anything — it just works.

Don’t shed any tears for Flash. It’s time has passed, long passed, and it has been replaced with something far, far better.

* According to Adobe, it is going to stop offering new installs of Adobe Flash Player on August 15. However, at last check this app was still available in the Google Play store. If for some reason you want it, get it right now

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