Woke up to read that Adobe said it’s stopping development on mobile Flash, and refocusing on HTML5.
It’s bittersweet for me.
A quote from Adobe:
Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.
I’ve had a long history with Flash, and am sad to see it go, but happy we’re moving in a good direction (even if just for mobile, because we all know this means HTML5 will be the overall direction of Flash).
Quantcast’s January 5th 2010 (yes, it’s even a year behind) says that global and North American mobile usage is skyrocketing. Between December ’08 and December ’09 mobile web share was up 110%. At that growth we can expect that last year went from 1.26% on 1/1/2010, to somewhere around 2.5% in 1/2011 (this is just an estimate, I think it’s conservative).
My mobile web traffic (on this site) went from 0 in December 2008, to 4-5 a day in November 2009, to 180 mobile visitors in June 2010 (coinciding with iPhone 4 launch). Mobile usage is spiking.
How does your website address mobile users?
Do you use an App?
Do you just make sure your website works with a mobile crowd?
We will discuss the options web site’s have in today’s world for engaging the mobile community with the following options:
- Mobile Compatible Website
- Mobile Targeted Website
- Release an App