Mobile Flash: So long and thanks for all the crash.

Mobile Flash: So long and thanks for all the crash.

Summary: In an inevitable and not-so-surprising move, Adobe abandons its buggy and iOS-unsupported Flash for mobile devices. Surely, there's a celebration afoot somewhere to commemorate the occasion in a respectful yet unregrettable manner.

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What do you mean Flash mobile is going away?

What do you mean Mobile Flash is going away?

I'm glad Mobile Flash is going away and not a moment too soon. I'm tired of its "doesn't play well with others" attitude. It's true. Every day, I experience at least one Google Chrome browser crash due to the flash plug-in. Sick of it? Oh, yes, indeed, I am. But, I doubt it's going to be fixed anytime soon and I won't be holding my breath waiting for it either. I'm not sure why anyone thought something like Flash was a good idea. I wish it would go away completely and not just on mobile platforms. If Flash were to hit the market today, I'm afraid that techies would ban it and any site that uses it. Goodbye Mobile Flash, I won't miss you at all.

And, Steve Jobs was right to prevent Adobe's buggy Flash garbage from being supported on its iOS-based devices. Yes, it's a little painful not to have Flash support because so many people use it but maybe this move will signal the ultimate demise of that horrid product.

I have a theory about why it's so buggy but I will refrain from sharing it with you for now. Someday, however, I may unleash a rant so terrible about Flash, and products like it, that you might wish that you could unread the post afterward. So, I'll save it for a special occasion.

I'm sure that developers are scrambling to redesign their sites--at least the mobile-friendly ones--as Flash-free. I'm excited at the prospect of a Flash-free Internet.

Of course, I hope that developers will use HTML5 instead of another much hated product: Java. Oh, the pain it brings me to even say or write the word, Java. OK, I promised to save the rant for another time.

Back to Flash. Adobe is doing the right thing by getting rid of it. There's no real reason for them to continue to support that product. And, they would do well to abandon it entirely, IMHO.

As a matter of fact, in honor of Adobe's move on Mobile Flash, I'm uninstalling the crashy Flash plug-in on all of my browsers: Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer.

What do you think of Adobe's decision to toss Mobile Flash into the dustbin? Talk back and let me know.

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Kenneth 'Ken' Hess is a full-time Windows and Linux system administrator with 20 years of experience with Mac, Linux, UNIX, and Windows systems in large multi-data center environments.

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  • Tomato magnet

    This article is not a serious contribution to anything. If this is the quality of comment that ZDNet aspires to, you'll probably beat Flash to the ash heap.

    This guy really doesn't know why Flash was invented? What, is he in high school?

    No stars.
    Robert Hahn
    • RE: Mobile Flash: So long and thanks for all the crash.

      @Robert Hahn

      enlighten us.
      khess
      • You mentioned Java, but what about client-level JavaScript language?

        @khess
        dderss
      • RE: Mobile Flash: So long and thanks for all the crash.

        @dderss

        Two completely different items. One is a client-side language used primarily with browsers (some desktops take advantage of it, though) and can be turned off if the end-user desires. The other is a server-side language that can create feature-rich programs but needs a client-side interpreter in order to carry out the server-side programs.
        benched42
    • A polished turd is still just a turd

      @Robert Hahn
      I primarily use Macs for a much more trouble free day.
      I???ve loathed Flash longer than I can remember because of its sluggishness, crashing regularly and because of its complete lack of genuine quality.
      The day it was possible to block the crap with ClickToFlash I was a happy man.

      The day Flash is completely gone will be the day to celebrate.
      Mikael_z
  • RE: Mobile Flash: So long and thanks for all the crash.

    And - btw - my IE9 doesn't crash.
    zaharia1010
    • RE: Mobile Flash: So long and thanks for all the crash.

      @zaharia1010
      That's because was designed to perform on Windows, i.e. with Microsoft.
      root12
  • RE: Mobile Flash: So long and thanks for all the crash.

    Wish we could flag the article and not the comments.
    jasonmooney
    • RE: Mobile Flash: So long and thanks for all the crash.

      @jasonmooney
      OK, so tomorrow I'll come to your job and criticize your work.
      khess
      • Poor you

        Leave some room on the cross for Jesus, willya? There must be a dozen blogs on ZDNet about this Adobe announcement. All have SpiritedDebate(tm) and even a few thrown spears. But only yours has drawn multiple comments suggesting it was over-the-top unprofessional.

        Think about it.
        Robert Hahn
  • RE: Mobile Flash: So long and thanks for all the crash.

    It's a simple commentary on the news of Adobe abandoning Flash.
    khess
    • Okay.....

      @khess
      But I am not seeing this wide spread crash in the mobile environment....
      Using Nexus One and Galaxy S2...... Transformer......

      So if I am not seeing it, what am I doing wrong? :)

      I use it daily.....
      rhonin
    • RE: Mobile Flash: So long and thanks for all the crash.

      @khess You mean simple, biased, unprofessional, and derogatory commentary.

      It's lies and more lies. Flash player is running on almost every mobile phone and tablet out there without battery issues or crashing issues. Adobe isn't giving up because of any technical issues, they are giving up because they are being forced to by Apple market share. But now none of that truth matters. Happy static experience with your HTML5! :)
      Razorz1
    • RE: Mobile Flash: So long and thanks for all the crash.

      @khess <br><br>You nailed it khess.<br><br>Flash is a turd. Mobile flash is getting flushed. Good riddance.
      monteslu
  • Haven't used flash in a long time

    I stop using flash many years ago and i'm glad they have seen the light! Like you, i just got tired of it and not a huge fan of java either (even though I use it quite a bit).
    dwjunix
  • RE: Mobile Flash: So long and thanks for all the crash.

    Somewhere, Steve is laughing.
    gfeier
  • You won't miss it

    But the simple fact is that a lot of people still use it.<br><br>By the way, two of the last three articles that I have read with your name as the author are about what you dislike. You sound like an angry guy. :P<br><br>You might need to work on your ability to deal with criticism if you think being an author is what you like. People will always be critical of your work, it doesn't help for you to lash out about it.<br><br>Your job is more... public than some. If blogging will ever be considered journalism, it needs to have some criticism. <br><br>That being said, it wasn't a bad article. You just seem to dislike a lot of things.
    Michael Alan Goff
    • RE: Mobile Flash: So long and thanks for all the crash.

      @Michael Alan Goff

      I'm not angry just irritated that people feel free to launch empty and hateful criticisms. They are the ones that are angry. And, yes, when you're in the public eye, you do put yourself out there for criticism but at least be more creative than, "you suck, dude."
      khess
      • RE: Mobile Flash: So long and thanks for all the crash.

        @khess Seriously your very own article is filled with anger, sarcasm, insults and derogatory hate. You are blind to your own hate. You not only hate Flash, but you also hate Java. Ken Hess: "another much hated product: Java."
        Razorz1
      • RE: Mobile Flash: So long and thanks for all the crash.

        @khess

        I can totally understand, and I wasn't in any way saying that you have no right to be angry at them. You have every right. But you insult them back, and they'll just keep coming back.

        Oh, and I think flash was created back in the day to serve as a "one idea, every browser" sort of thing, just to answer the question you had above. I could be wrong, though. In the beginning, it was also the best way to get good graphics.
        Michael Alan Goff