Adobe Flash, the classic technology will die in 2020 - NewCydiaTweaks


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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Adobe Flash, the classic technology will die in 2020

Adobe Flash has been with us since 1996, making it easy for developers to create interactive content . Those who took advantage of this proprietary technology was the video game industry in the browser, but without a doubt, the most well-known page in using this technology is YouTube .
Despite its indisputable success, from the year 2010-2013 its use began to fall sharply. But its biggest blow came when Google decided to abandon the technology on YouTube in favor of the new HTML5. Since then Flash is in a very delicate situation ...

Adobe announces end of Flash for 2020

Today, the company that owns Flash , Adobe, has stated in its blog that the year 2020will be set as the year in which it will be said goodbye to this technology. From that year the company will stop supporting , and therefore, invite developers who are still working on that technology to migrate to other free technologies such as WebGL or HTML5.
Even so, even though its official death was set for the year 2020, the major web browsers will no longer support it before that date. For example, in Safari since last year we are already asked expressly if we want to enable the option or not. Technique followed by other browsers like Edge or Chrome, and soon to follow Firefox. This would prepare the ground for 2020 to be able to give the definitive folder to this old technology of Adobe.
Adobe Flash Player, will soon be something of the past.
Adobe Flash Player, will soon be something of the past.

The announcements of the main technology company

Along with the official announcement from Adobe, other companies such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla or Facebook have already made their announcements announcing the death of Flash . Announcements that will be analyzed individually below.


In the statement released just over an hour ago Alphabet, the company explains how they will act with their browser, Google Chrome . But undoubtedly, the most remarkable of that article are the statistics that show us in the first paragraph.
And is that according to Google three years ago Flash was used by 80% of users daily. This figure is now down to 17%. Amount that personally surprised me a lot, because I did not expect so many websites to continue using technology.
Google Chrome, along with Firefox, two of the most popular web browsers.
Google Chrome, along with Firefox, two of the most popular web browsers.


For its part, Apple has made a similar statement on the official WebKit blog . Like Alphabet, our friends in Cupertino tell us what the situation is with regard to the company's browsers . There they boast that they have already begun to abandon this old-fashioned technology since 2010 , when they decided not to incorporate Flash on the Mac natively. They also mention that in Safari versions of iOS this technology was never present, so that Apple users are already accustomed to not using Flash.
In addition, Apple concludes with a list of possible technologies that developers should use and in which cases they should use each. In the list we find HTML5, WebGL, WebAssembly and CSS animations among other technologies.
WebKit, one of the leading web rendering engines.
WebKit, one of the leading web rendering engines.


The Mozilla organization is responsible for Firefox , one of the most popular web browsers. They also mention how they will do with their browser from now on, in addition to attaching a guide on how to make the transition from Flash to HTML5 .
Finally, to mention a graph that they have published and that represents clearly the decline of the technology that today occupies to us. In this graph we can see how in 2010 Flash stopped prevailing in games on the web giving way to technologies such as Unity3D or HTML5.
Kongregate graph on the use of Flash in the creation of games in the browser.
Kongregate graph on the use of Flash in the creation of games in the browser.


The statement that Facebook posted about an hour ago is the most anticipated of all. Why? Simply because it is a company that at the time relied heavily on Flash , and that for years are making a great effort to become independent of this technology. Effort that can be seen clearly in the transition that is happening in the games developed in Flash that are being passed to HTML5.
Facebook in this sense bets strong by HTML5. In addition it makes an important mention to Gameroom , a platform developed by them and that as its own name indicates it is a center of games. According to Facebook itself, in this Gameroom the most used technologies are HTML5, Unity, Unreal, WebGL and cocos2D.


Finally we have the statement from Microsoft, which focuses on explaining how they will traffic in their two browsers, Internet Explorer and Edge . So here I have to highlight, except for a curiosity, and is that it is the only one that makes a show of camaraderie linking to the announcements of Google, Mozilla and Apple.


As you can see, we are before the end of a technology that already many gave by almost dead, including myself, but still still still widely used. In this way, Flash was born in 1996 and will die in the year 2020 .

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