Application Development: Google, Apple, Amazon Push HTML5 to the Fore as Adobe Flash Falls

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-12-30 Print this article Print
Adobe Acquires Nitobi

Adobe Acquires Nitobi

The prelude to Adobe playing down Flash for HTML5 came at Adobe Max in October, when the company acquired Nitobi Software. Nitobi makes the popular PhoneGap, an open-source platform for building fast, cross-platform mobile applications with HTML5 and JavaScript.
In April 2010 Apple founder Steve Jobs wrote a letter released publicly that called out Flash as proprietary and slow in explaining to millions of computer users why his company was throwing its weight behind technologies such as HTML5. HTML5 allows programmers to incorporate neat effects for Websites and apps on their desktops, tablets and smartphones without tailoring apps for specific hardware or online stores. Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen fired back at Jobs in defense of Flash, but the die had been cast, at least for Flash on mobile devices. Fast forward to November 2011, when Adobe conceded that Flash was perhaps not the best user experience for mobile devices. Even if 2011 technically wasn't the year Adobe's Flash multimedia software died, it was certainly the year HTML5 soared to new heights under the aegis of tech titans such as Google, Apple, Microsoft and others. Now eWEEK walks through a sampling of HTML5 use cases, product news and happenings of 2011.

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