The Flash API was introduced back in 2008 when Flash was probably at its peak. The decline of Flash, is in my mind, linked to one device in particular. It seems very coincidental that the iPhone was in first released in June 2007. It was the iPhone that was in the vanguard of Flashless web content followed more ravishingly by the iPad which first appeared in April 2010.
Is this another nail in the coffin of Flash based content? In a previous post I bemoaned the lack of Flash on the iPad with reference to live streaming. There are certainly somethings that Flash does brilliantly well of which live streaming is an example. But, I think we have to assume that the Google announcement is not welcome news at Adobe. Yet again, the once dominant Flash is moving down the pecking order. Despite Google’s statement that they remain committed to the Flash platform on both Android and in Chrome, the Flash Player is just not the multi-platform, multi-content delivery system it was back in 2008.