ARM dominates the mobile phone chip design market now and has done that for some time. Since 2008 ARM has been trying to get into the subnotebook market as well with Linux-based, ARM-powered “smartbooks” that would provide an instant-on, longer-life alternative to x86-based Netbooks. Smartbooks have been delayed by Flash issues, says ARM. There has been things like Adobe slip time to release a well working ARM version of Flash.
It seems that Adobe is stifling innovation of the web with Flash. Apple has realized it, now Microsoft, people are starting to wake up except for Adobe they are the only ones trying to hold onto their power. They need to get their software to work or they will start losing markets fast.
Apple is avoiding Flash on their product probably because it would give iPod/iPad/iPhone users access to games and tools which the user didn’t pay for at the App Store. And avoiding Flash also makes it easier for them to control video. Read Apple vs. the Web: The Case for Staying Out of Steve Jobs’s Walled Garden article on more details on Apple applications business model. All runs round of magical thinking, with a three-step process.
Opera joins in Jobs v Flash argument article says that Opera has joined in the argument over Flash, with the company telling TechRadar that they will support Flash for the time being, but that the company needs to start embracing web standards if it doesn’t want to come under constant attack. Opera’s product analyst Phillip Grønvold believes that support for Flash is critical at the current time, but that times are changing fast as HTML5 moves closer.
Scribd CTO: “We Are Scrapping Flash And Betting The Company On HTML5″. Scribd was using Flash code for page layout but now they are happy with HTML5. It absolutely makes sense for Scribd to switch to HTML5. Check their own introduction.
Quite a few video sites also offer HTML5 video support in addition to Flash video. Youtube started this HTML5 video support trend and the popularity of iPhone/iPad has made many other sites to follow. I found the following list on some blog comments (I can’t find the URL now): YouTube, Netflix, Facebook, CNN, Reuters, New York Times, Vimeo, Time, ESPN, Major League Baseball, NPR, National Hockey League, The White House, Virgin America, Sports Illustrated, Flickr, People, TED, Nike, CBS, Spin, National Geographic, CNN Money, MSNBC, Fox News, CNET TV, TV Guide, CW Network, ABC, Wall Street Journal, EXTRA, Ellen, InStyle, Rouxbe Cooking School, LIFE, The Onion… According it Flash isn’t needed on any of those sites.. and those were available in the first few weeks after the iPad was launched. If HTML5 was the best option, why would they continue to put out content in flash, seeing as all the major browsers are already HTML5 compliant? It doesn’t make sense. The fact is that HTML5 video has still issues like codec war between patent minefield H.264 vs free Ogg Theora and possibly soon also VP8 competing on the same field. Some people already see H.264 as a winner, but the only thing that’s “clear” is that h.264 has hardly won anything yet in web. The round has not yet really begun.
In spite of years of development, there are no products out today (at least I have not seen any) that can run Flash properly on any mobile platform. Also Flash on Windows is still bug-ridden. ARM is not delaying anything, it was ARM who said that they expected vendors to have ARM based devices out by now and that it could be because of delays in Adobe Flash. Users expects Adobe to make it’s plugin run just as fast on a much slower CPU. Flash Player 10.1 and AIR 2 are expected to be available for Android devices in this summer says the headlines. Adobe has had a lot of headlines for mobile Flash support. It means that over the years Adobe has promised a lot but delivered quite little…
For comparison VLC uses little-to-no horsepower playing a movie, Quicktime and WMP are somewhat more demanding, but Flash is downright evil when it comes to demanding CPU cycles. It takes CPU power to process objects and scripts the way Flash requires it to be processed and it is hard to use hardware acceleration with Flash.
“Every single time something new comes out and people wonder what’s the killer app, the answer is the same. It’s the Web every time.The boring old Web,” Denton says at Apple vs. the Web: The Case for Staying Out of Steve Jobs’s Walled Garden article. I think that the new web with HTML5 technologies can be less boring than the old one with proprietary multimedia technologies. HTML5 and the Web article has some interesting points on HTML5 to read.