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April 21st, 2011

Adobe Flash vs. HTML 5

The argument about Adobe’s Flash – “it’s great, we all need it” vs. “it slows everything down, go for HTML5” – has been getting some extra mileage since the release of the Flash-less iOS that runs Apple “iDevices” like  iPad rentals from CRE Rentals. There are opinions across the entire spectrum, from “Flash’s time is short” to “HTML5 is vaporware,” but the safe, middle-of-the-tech-road guess is that Flash is not going anywhere. Fact is, Flash is being adopted at a greater rate than ever over the entire range of mobile platforms.

Christopher Dawson at ZDNet cleared up the misconception that only Android, Google’s new mobile OS, would be Flash-friendly. The Blackberry line, Windows phones and HP’s WebOS all support (or plan to support) Flash. This means, says Dawson, that the only mobile OS not supporting Flash – which gives you “everything from YouTube to the latest hardware-accelerated web-based games” – will be Apple’s iOS. Apple certainly isn’t “killing Flash” by excluding it, but it is differentiating itself from the pack, as always. So, is lack of Flash even a problem?

Apple means options

The first thing you should realize is that, if you simply must have Flash on your Apple iOS device, you can use the Skyfire browser. It has a clever chunk of code that can convert many embedded Flash videos and animations. That said, you don’t notice a lack of video material at Apple’s Web site, do you? With HTML5, all Web standards are supported, as well as many popular add-ons and tweaks, so nothing is “plugged in.” From iMac rentals to every mobile device with a modern browser, HTML5 renders the Web identically.

HTML5 (okay, maybe HTML6) may be the technology that eventually replaces Flash, but right now it is still being refined. It is, however, already in use and fully capable of presenting beautiful Web experiences on a full range of computer rentals with the three major OS installations (Windows, Mac OS X and Linux). The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has told its HTML Working Group (HTMLWG) to bring HTML5 to “last call status” later in 2011, with a target date of 2014 for a fully approved standard.

Time is on your side

A lot can happen in this time. As HTML5 is finalized, other technologies will be out there, too – mature versions of what is now new, as well as things yet to be created. Our Mac Pro with Kona Card rentals combine different technologies seamlessly, and Adobe will keep Flash working the same way. While Flash partisans and HTML5 supporters may scare each other with a few headlines, there’s nothing for tech pros to fear at all. When standards and technologies compete, we all win!

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