Adobe Flash, one of the most popular cross platform browser plugin lost its interest among developers in the recent days. The first reason behind it was the rise of HTML5 adoption by major companies like Microsoft, Apple and Google. The second reason was their solution for smartphones never really made its foothold. Apple and Microsoft never allowed Adobe Flash in their smartphone OS because of its poor performance and high power requirements. But Adobe brought Flash for open Android platform and even worked with OEMs to pre-install it on devices. After the poor adoption rate in the market, they announced last November that they are discontinuing their development of the Flash Player for mobile browsers.
Today, they announced that Flash Player will be no longer available in Google Play Store after August 15th and Flash player won’t work on latest Android Jelly Bean version. On a different note, Microsoft worked with Adobe on bringing Flash to Windows 8/Windows RT and certain websites will be able to take advantage of Adobe Flash built into Windows. Since, Windows Phone 8 is based on the same core as Windows 8 and will share the same Internet Explorer 10 engine, will there be Adobe Flash integrated into it ? If yes, consumers will be able to enjoy content on certain websites that works on Flash. Developers can read this guide to add their website to Flash compatibility list by Microsoft.
What do you think? Do we need Adobe Flash on Windows Phone 8 ?