In June 2012, Adobe posted an announcement on their official website that Flash Player would not be installed in Android anymore, beginning with version 4.1. The tech community started to ask what could have pushed Adobe and Android to make such a decision, and some pretty crazy theories came up. Perhaps the most popular one was that the Apple caused the break up when Steve Jobs shared his open letter “Thoughts on Flash” to Adobe. In it, the tech giant’s CEO expressed vehemently that he would not use Flash on Apple’s iPads and iPhones because it fell short on meeting the requirements of the new mobile era.
Now that Google and Mozilla have announced that they will be blocking by default Adobe Flash Player in 2017 on their browsers, questions about the future of flash are popping up again. But was it really Steve Jobs who ruined Adobe from having a future with Android or other mobile devices?
It can’t be denied that Steve Jobs did make some convincing points. The Internet was, is, and will continue to change. Developers prefer to use universal coding languages that don’t need plugins and will work on all types of devices, such as HTML5 coding. Aside from that, the mobile habits of the digital population were evolving as there was a growing trend of being more dependent on apps over websites. They wanted more convenience and better touch based interface on their smartphones and tablets.
But these aren’t the only reasons why Adobe Flash Player ‘broke up’ with Android. There was also the problem of Flash having to support different types of operating systems since Android was being used in a variety of hardware using slightly different versions of the software. Adobe might have seen that this would take up a lot of resources and wanted to focus their efforts on other projects.
Besides, Adobe really hasn’t broken up all ties with Android. They have Adobe AIR, which uses some of the same technologies as Flash. Developers can use this to take their existing Flash-based products, then use Adobe AIR to build apps for Android devices, and even for iOS, Mac, and Windows devices.
As for Android users who really can’t part with Flash, there are third-party browsers for Adobe Flash Player content they wish to view.