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January 16th, 2009

The mobile web browser – Wheres the flash player?

actionscript, flash, by austin.

As I look more and more at the industry trends, we see more and more handheld devices being developed, that’s a no brainer. More and more devices, such as the android, sidekick, blackberry and iphone have some form of a web browser. Just the other day I was walking outside and I saw atleast 4 young kids with sidekicks, a blackberry and a couple with an iphone.

Now when we look at trends we see that the majority of people browse with their own personal computers, but as the future progresses more and more people will be using their mobile devices to browse the web. Of the 4 different devices I mentioned NONE have the flash player, or are capable of viewing flash in a normal browsing environment.

Now, I’ve been developing flash applications for over 10 years, I started with flash 4. Used flex, and all variations with design patterns, coding standards, but the one thing that is becoming more difficult is convincing executives of the company to use a flash solution when all of the above devices competently show ajax and html just fine.

I know that the flash player is going to come to the android…. but let’s get real, is adobe taking a serious look at this? I mean its awesome to do flashlite for the various nokia devices and devices that can support this. But there needs to be major changes here because as the industry moves more and more mobile, ajax/html solutions are becoming a lot more appealing because these mobile devices render ajax/html without hickups.

Is there any official word on this, supporting these various devices that are mainstream such as the sidekick, blackberry, iphone and android ?

I dont mean to rehash an old subject, but there are a lot of projects in the works and if there is no flash player for these devices then it really limits the potential and thus getting the bosses to agree to a flash solution greatly decreases. After all they have the blackberries and iphones. I love flash, but really it comes down to getting flash everywhere. Flash won because of how ubiquitous it was, now… this is fading as the mobile arena becomes bigger and bigger.

Every kid on the block is getting a cell phone… Is this a major concern for adobe?

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Responses to “The mobile web browser – Wheres the flash player?”

  1. Nobody ever commented on this? Is your blog broken?

    Adobe has dropped the ball, for real. It may already be way to late.

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