We knew it was it was coming, but now that the day is finally here, it’s still a bit of a shock. Adobe has officially removed Flash for Android from the Google Play Store. The writing has been on the wall for some time and with Google releasing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean without support for Flash, it was the final nail in coffin for the technology that Steve Jobs said was outdated, a security issue and a battery hog.
Flash, for some time, was one of Android biggest selling points over Apple iOS platform, which refused to incorporate the technology. Steve Jobs even went so far as to post an open letter, “Thoughts on Flash,” declaring why iOS would never adopt the technology. With the popularity of the iPad and iPhone, HTML5 has caught on like wildfire and proved Jobs’s feelings toward the technology.
While I’m not siding with Jobs’s logic or feelings and this doesn’t mean he was right at all, but it’s merely the success of iOS and HTML5 that had more to do with Flash’s downfall than one man’s vendetta. Either way, Flash for mobile is dead and now iOS and Android have one less difference.