When we talk about Adobe Flash we usually only think of personal computers running the plugin, but we forget about the countless other mobile devices which used to have the plugin built into them. Linux based devices such as Android smartphones and tablets were one of them, Smart TVs were just another kind of these devices (Yes, a Smart TV is just a glorified tablet).
So at the end of the day, when Adobe realized that smartphones and mobile devices were more trouble than they’re worth, Adobe started to cut down support for its Flash Player as far as mobile devices were concerned, so now, Android phones are no longer supported even though older versions are still available for download; Adobe no longer supports them officially and therefore, no longer provides customer support nor any help in case something goes wrong.
The effect on Smart TVs
Now since Smart TVs used a similar version of Adobe Flash Player, as new updates started coming out for computers and Flash moved on and away from v11, Smart TV users started receiving the well-known and ever-hated notification to update their Flash Player.
The issue however? There was no newer version available for these devices. Adobe cut all support for mobile versions of Flash, Samsung (one of the major manufacturers of Smart TVs) stated that Adobe is responsible for delivering all the updates, so when the dust settled, there was no newer version of Flash nor was there any response from Samsung’s side.
Users weren’t allowed to manually mess with the applications installed on the Smart TV for security concerns, some users managed to make an alternative app (it’s called Smart Flash) work as far as Samsung devices are concerned, yet when the sun sets, we can expect a world with even less need for Adobe’s Flash Player.
The ultimate death of Flash
All these different factors combined with the sudden influx of developers into the world of HTML5 has put a deadline of sorts on Adobe’s Flash Player, websites and developers across the world are shying away from Flash simply because of a lack of compatibility as far as mobile devices are concerned.
In a world where there are more users of handheld devices than personal computers, developers have begun to understand the importance of making a website which is capable of performing at its best regardless of the device it’s being viewed on, users who face warnings and notifications to install or update their Flash Player will eventually move on to websites which provide HTML5 services, it’s already more than easy to embed any compatible media format in HTML5 for your website and likewise, it’s only a matter of time until companies and developers worldwide spend a few extra minutes to let Flash go.
Until then however, we can surely see Smart TVs to be the ultimate punch which forces developers to update to HTML5, simply speaking, such a large audience (users of smartphones, tablets, Smart TVs) can’t be ignored.
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