ZDNET has got the scoop on some very interesting news: Adobe is going to cease development on mobile browser Flash and refocus its efforts on HTML5.
My initial reaction to this was that Steve Jobs and Apple have won. Apple - famously - chose to ignore Flash and refuse to run it on any of its mobile devices. It never considered it to be good enough and chose to go with the open HTML5 standard for video playback.
Android phone makers have however tried to make Flash a unique selling point of their devices (whilst playing down the fact that Flash was, to put it nicely, crap). So, this news that Adobe are stopping their development of Flash for mobile browsers would seem to be the final evidence that this is a battle that Apple has won. John Gruber makes the point though that, in fact, the death of Flash on mobile devices is a win for everyone:
Apple didn’t win. Everybody won. Flash hasn’t been superseded in mobile by any sort of Apple technology. It’s been superseded by truly open web technologies. Dumping Flash will make Android better, it will make BlackBerrys better, it will make the entire web better. iOS users have been benefitting from this ever since day one, in June 2007.
It’s definitely interesting that this move will help to ensure that Android, which claims (misleadingly) to be open, to actually fully adopt the open HTML5 standard and leave behind their use of the closed Adobe Flash plugin.
Hopefully this move will also give the BBC a good kick up the backside to get a move on with making the video content on their news site accessible via HTML5!