Killing Flash for mobile is best thing for Android

While often touted as a big advantage of the Android OS, killing Flash for mobile will benefit that platform as much as anything.

Colleague Jason Perlow reports that Adobe is throwing in the towel on Flash for mobile, and concentrating on HTML5 going forward. They list a lot of reasons for the move, but it follows a long debate with Apple over the utility of Flash in the mobile space. While many will chalk this up as a victory for Apple and iOS, I believe it will be the best thing ever for Android.

Android enthusiasts have listed the support of Flash as a victory over the iOS platform which excludes the ability. Device makers have even included in Android device ad campaigns that Flash support provides a "real web" experience. The real world shows that may not always be a good thing.

Flash on Android devices has been spotty during my extensive use of the platform. I have seen web pages heavy with Flash content fail to work properly, devices slowed to a crawl as some Flash code takes over the system, and watched gadget battery level sucked dry due to some Flash content playing. Flash support has been inconsistent at best, and terrible at worst.

I can't remember the last time I missed Flash support on the iPad or the iPhone. I go to the same web sites using those devices as I do my desktop and Android gadgets. I don't have missing features nor content. I also have smoother browsing than I do on Android with Flash enabled.

It is time for Flash to die on mobile devices, and prudently Adobe agrees. It is no longer the advantage some would have you think it is in the mobile space. It won't be missed.

Image credit: Flickr user Josef Dunne

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