Ever since Apple declared that the iPhone would not support Flash video, there’s been a debate over whether or not Flash is right for mobile. Android users touted their platform’s ability to run Flash as a big advantage. iPhone users claimed it was a battery and resource hog.
It now looks like that debate has been ended…by none other than Adobe. To many people’s surprise, Adobe announced yesterday that they will no longer develop future versions of Flash for mobile browsers.
Frankly, I’m not surprised at all by the news. I believe it’s just one of the first dominoes to fall as the web gradually moves to HTML5. Soon, HTML5 will replace browser plugins (like Flash) altogether, even on desktop PCs.
HTML5 is the future. Adobe indirectly acknowledged that fact when they ended mobile Flash development. So, how can you incorporate video into your web and mobile web apps if you can’t use Flash? HTML5 provides a fancy new “video” tag that lets you run video in the browser without plugins. If you want to learn all about creating HTML5 video right now, here’s a handy tutorial for you.