#AdobeFlashPlayer #HTML5 – Adobe Flash Player vs HTML5: Which Has Better Support and Features? : Adobe Flash Player has been on the net for decades, addressing the need of audio and video playback on the internet. It has become very popular with the arrival of video sharing sites like YouTube, becoming the de facto platform for playing media files online and eliminating the need for audio and video plugins. But here comes HTML5, offering the latest standards for browsers to display and interact with web-pages, and threatening the Flash’s existence. Why is that so?
Support-wise, Adobe Flash Player is great. It allows users to play audio and video seamlessly on desktop computers, laptops, smart phones and the like. All one needs to do is install the software on his or her device.
Everything changed however when Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs openly declared that his company will not be using Flash in their products and touted HTML5 as the future. Apple’s decision has made many mobile devices unreachable for Flash. The browser plug-in got another blow when YouTube dropped the support for flash player in favor of HTML5 for its video sharing platform.
Many big platforms follow suit and have started adopting HTML5 for its playback functionality.
Now, you’re probably wondering what is prompting tech companies to shift. Let’s take a look at the feature of Adobe Flash Player and HTML5.
Open Source vs Proprietary: Adobe Flash is a proprietary software owned and controlled by Adobe, leading to its slow development and poor security control. HTML5, on the other hand, is open source which means that anyone can contribute to its improvement.