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Adobe Flash Player has been on the net for decades, addressing the need of audio and video playback on the internet. It has become very popular with the arrival of video sharing sites like YouTube, becoming the de facto platform for playing media files online and eliminating the need for audio and video plugins. But here comes HTML5, offering the latest standards for browsers to display and interact with web-pages, and threatening the Flash’s existence. Why is that so?

Support

Support-wise, Adobe Flash Player is great. It allows users to play audio and video seamlessly on desktop computers, laptops, smart phones and the like. All one needs to do is install the software on his or her device.



Everything changed however when Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs openly declared that his company will not be using Flash in their products and touted HTML5 as the future. Apple’s decision has made many mobile devices unreachable for Flash. The browser plug-in got another blow when YouTube dropped the support for flash player in favor of HTML5 for its video sharing platform.

Many big platforms follow suit and have started adopting HTML5 for its playback functionality.

Features

Now, you’re probably wondering what is prompting tech companies to shift. Let’s take a look at the feature of Adobe Flash Player and HTML5.

Open Source vs Proprietary: Adobe Flash is a proprietary software owned and controlled by Adobe, leading to its slow development and poor security control. HTML5, on the other hand, is open source which means that anyone can contribute to its improvement.

Power Consumption: HTML5 has benefited users, especially mobile users, because it consumes less power compared to Flash.

Compatibility: Both have issues when it comes to compatibility. You just have to decide which is less annoying for you. The most common problem with Flash is that it comes in multiple versions, which can be a problem if you are playing newer or older content. HTML5, on the other hand, needs a supported browser in order to render content. Not to mention, it support differs for different browsers. As of writing, it works best on Google Chrome, particularly Chrome 51 on Windows 10.

Is HTML5 the end of Flash? It’s too early to tell. Adobe is working on the software’s improvement and, besides, you surely don’t want to give up yet on those amazing Flash games on the web. For more on the comparison between Flash and HTML5, check this out to see which between the two is better when it comes to security.

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