The way I read the announcement is that they're pulling back from Flash for the
web, not Flex or Air. Flash for the web are flash apps built such that they
can be included in a web page. Even though Flex is essentially that, it is
much different from Flash. Considering AIR is actually a separate package as
well, I'm guessing they're not going to pull back from either one of those.
Also, as I read it, AIR Mobile was something they were continuing with. That
makes sense to me as AIR is not embedded like Flash is - it's a full blown
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I'd like to understand more about Adobe's latest annnouncement that they will
focus on HTML5 on mobile platforms(rather than Flash).
Obviously a kick in the head for flex/air developers targetting applications
that need or want a mobile client because mobile platform manufacturers will
drop Flash (in a flash) from their product plans.
I've seen some mixed messages - Adobe's version which is just a change in
focus while the industry reads it like a Flash obituary. Here are two
bullets from Adobe's announcement:
Shifting resources to support even greater investment in HTML5, through
tools like Adobe® Dreamweaver, Adobe Edge and PhoneGap, recently added
through the acquisition of Nitobi
Focusing Flash resources on delivering the most advanced PC web experiences,
including gaming and premium video, as well as mobile apps
I can almost see them sitting around the board room table debating whether to
stick that , as well as mobile apps on the end of bullet 2 just to leave
people like us (Flex developers I mean) confused. Pretend you're a Samsung
or Motorola executive planning the next release of your latest mobile device.
Do we spend $10 million and 40 developers integrating Flash?
Since the vast majority of new, innovative applications involve incorporation
or embracing of mobile clients, Flash's ubiquity, which is/was its greatest
selling point, is gone. I mean when Jobs took a stand to ban Flash from iOS
- that was a phaser blast to the holodeck, but this...this is a photon
torpedo to the bridge.
Am I reading this wrong, or should I be starting my new HTML5 career now? I
mean once flash is gone from mobile, it is gone as a general web application
framework so forget those desktop focused applications too, except some
specialized graphics oriented apps.
I think of what I'm developing now on Flex and it would be years away from
possible with HTML5 but maybe I should be focusing on HTML5 plus one of the
I'm really looking for some opinions here about what flex developers think of
the near term future based on this announcement. It'd be great to hear some
Adobe employee perspectives (probably on gag order) but anyone with some
insight, please do tell. I'd love to be told I'm exaggerating the
consequence of the announcement