Some things never die. Java still lives. Flash, too, but it looks as if Google is adding another nail to the coffin. I cannot count the number of times a week I run into a website that still features Fash video. Thankfully, that seems to be the only vestige left of the
Even Google wants to kill Flash. Flash is disabled by default in Google’s Chrome browser. Flash hasn’t been available for years in Apple’s Safari. If you want Flash, you have to download the plugin.
What is Google doing that Adobe hasn’t been able to do?
Kill Flash online. The search engine giant has decided to stop supporting Flash in search results sometime before the end of the year. Google won’t even index standalone SWF files.
Adobe killed off support for Flash a couple of years ago and Microsoft, Mozilla, and even Apple have plans to retire it in their browsers. When? It doesn’t matter.
What happened to Flash?
Apple CEO Steve Jobs killed Flash.
Nearly a decade ago, about 18 months before Jobs died in 2011, he penned his Thoughts on Flash and made the case that Adobe’s once high flying technology was a no go for the mobile future Apple invented withe iPhone.
Along the way, Jobs took some parting shots at Adobe’s stance of Flash, and put the wooden stake through the beast’s heart. It just took a while for the blood to drain and life to end.
Flash was designed for PCs using mice, not for touch screens using fingers. For example, many Flash websites rely on “rollovers”, which pop up menus or other elements when the mouse arrow hovers over a specific spot. Apple’s revolutionary multi-touch interface doesn’t use a mouse, and there is no concept of a rollover.
Flash just did not belong in the future; much like Parallel ports, SCSI ports, ADB, and Serial ports.
Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.
Flash once ran on Android OS, albeit terribly. I suspect Google was pleased with Jobs’ rant as Flash quickly died on mobile devices.
Technology sometimes takes many years to be laid into the grave, but Flash is closer to death than ever before.