Adobe Flash has always been the shortcoming when it comes to using iOS devices, which was highly emphasised with the release of the iPad in 2010. But that shortcoming could be set to change with the release of Adobe’s Flash Media Server 4.5.
“With Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5, media publishers now have a single, simple workflow for delivering content using the same stream to Flash-enabled devices or to the Apple iPhone and iPad.”
In other words, Adobe’s solution repackages content in real-time, changing the protocol to suit the target device, HTTP Dynamic Streaming or HLS, for example. This should mean that iOS devices will get much of the advantages of Flash video support, without the processor degradation and battery life cost of the format in use on other devices.“
It doesn’t bring existing Adobe Flash content to iOS, and is nowhere near the same as, for example, the standalone Adobe Flash plug-in available now for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android etc. What Adobe’s new Flash Media Server 4.5 does is create an HTML5 standard version of the same created Flash code. It essentially uses the browser User Agent and displays an HTML5 version of the same created Flash code created using Flash Media Server 4.5. This means with the same code, you’ve not only got the standard Adobe Flash version, but once an iOS device is detected, it will output the Flash code in an HTML5 standard version in real time.
This is an interesting move for Adobe to make, whilst having pretty developed version of Adobe Flash for tablets, such as the Playbook and Android Tablets, Apple has still refused to offer Adobe Flash as a plug-in option for iOS, so Adobe have taken the step to use it in the form of HTML5, which I think is a much better way of offering Flash content on mobile devices, by not compromising on the two main problems of Flash which are processing power leading to poorer battery life.
Time will tell how this goes, but a very interesting move from Adobe, and very exciting to see how this goes, and could be the thing many have been waiting for who have been struggling with HTML5, two formats in one code, great.