What used to be an amazing runtime application is now getting the axe. Well, it has been for a long time. But now that HTML5 is gaining ground, we would all be saying goodbye to Adobe Flash Player very soon.
Some people may not appreciate what the fuss is all about. But if there’s one thing the Occupy Flash movement tells us is that the need to “divorce” the Flash Player plugin is critical. Considering its many vulnerabilities, the call to “rid the world of Flash” has merit. And many apps have heeded the call.
There have been major apps and browser that no longer support Adobe Flash, or will remove support in the future.
Chrome has been trying to abandon Flash for some time now, but it will be final in December this year. In September, Chrome 53 will begin to block the plugin, Encouraging website owners and app developers to adopt HTML5 instead. When Chrome 55 will be released on December, it will only support HTML5. The only exception will be websites that still support Flash. Users will be prompted to enable Flash in Chrome 55, if the site uses the player.
Firefox has also pulled the plug on Adobe Flash due to many security issues. Whenever users attempt to update the Shockwave flash plugin, they will you get a blocked message saying:
“Flash Player Plugin between 11.0 and 11.7.700.169 has been blocked for your protection. Old versions of the Flash Player plugin are potentially insecure and unstable. All users are strongly recommended to update on our plugin check page.”
Afterwards, the plug-in is automatically disabled.
Apple has never used Flash in any of its mobile devices, with Steve Jobs citing security vulnerabilities as a major concern. Combined with the loss of support from Google and Mozilla, the number of apps that will no longer support Adobe Flash in the future is sure to increase.
It is highly likely that major news network, sports websites, games, developer websites, blogging platforms and many others will have to stop supporting Flash in the future. It may take time before every website or app migrates to HTML5, but they will have to adapt very soon.
What about those ads that help pay the bills? They will have to go 100% HTML5 too, because Google will no longer accept ads made in Flash. It’s a case of follow the rules or go home.