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Top 4 Flash Player Alternatives in Mobile Market

With the advancement of science and technology, mobile is playing a more and more important role in people’s entertainment. Nowadays, people can not only record videos or play music with mobiles but also watch YouTube movies via mobiles. However, as mobile users’ demands of accessing to YouTube video via mobiles increases, the mobile market share of Adobe Flash Player is decreasing drastically. In most cases, mobiles without Flash Player can gain no access to YouTube videos. Therefore, Flash Player alternatives are highly desired in mobile market.

Right after iPhone‘s rejection to Adobe Flash, Jelly Bean device has excluded support to Adobe Flash in system design. Though Windows mobile still leaves a place for Adobe Flash, it is most likely to follow suit after security flaws caused by Adobe Flash has been founded in Windows 8. Therefore, Flash Player alternatives are quite necessary. Without Flash Player alternatives, the absence of Adobe Flash in mobile market will lead to the turmoil of the market. Luckily, the mobile market has gotten such Flash Player alternatives already. Therefore, this post will show you top four Flash alternatives in mobile market.

1. HTML 5: Flash Player alternative for all mobiles

HTML5

As the major competitor of Adobe Flash Player, HTML5 gains the final victory in the battle of Adobe Flash vs HTML5. Even Adobe has decided to switch its attentions from Adobe Flash to HTML5 in the future. Once HTML5 is widely adopted, the era of Adobe Flash will end. For video websites with HTML5 support, Adobe Flash Player is no longer a necessity to watch online videos. Therefore, the popularization of HTML5 will help mobile users to enjoy YouTube videos freely.

2. Gianduia: Flash Player alternative for iPhone

Gianduia

It is a well-known story that Apple is working on its own Adobe Flash Player named Gianduia. Though there are few details about the loftily expected app, people believe that the alternative Flash Player will be no less powerful than mobile Adobe Flash. Moreover, according to the tradition of Apple, Gianduia is almost certain to be an app powerful in function and secure in design. The only problem is that the launch date of the Flash Player alternative is still unknown. Moreover, after YouTube app has been rejected by iOS 6, users need to figure out ways to watch YouTube videos with iOS 6 devices like iPhone 5.

3. Silverlight: Flash Player alternative for Windows mobile

Silverlight

In 2007, Microsoft is working on a Flash Player alternative named Silverlight. Unlike Gianduia, Silverlight was put in use in some certain fields. As a free plug-in, powered by the .NET framework and compatible with multiple devices and operating systems, Silverlight seems to be an ideal Flash Player alternative in mobile market. To many people, it is quite surprising that Silverlight is not used as an official app for Windows 8 system. However, after Adobe Flash Player has lost its last chance in Windows 8, Silverlight may become an ideal choice for Windows mobile.

4. Adobe AIR: Flash Player alternative for Android mobile

Adobe AIR

As another product provided by Adobe, Adobe AIR is playing a more and more important role in Android market. As a cross-platform runtime environment designed to build Rich Internet Applications, Adobe AIR is now widely used to create apps for Android mobiles. Moreover, via Adobe AIR, people can help Android mobiles to gain access to online videos without Adobe Flash Player installed. For example, BBC had replaced Adobe Flash with Adobe Air in iPlayer a few weeks ago. Therefore, Adobe AIR can be viewed as a Flash Player alternative for Android mobile.

Adobe Flash Lost the Last Chance to HTML5 in Windows 8 Bug Fixing

If newly-released Windows 8 tries to open a window for Adobe Flash, the application is ruining the window with security vulnerabilities. Shortly after Windows 8 made Adobe Flash a plug in for IE 10, the system surprising found itself busy fixing Windows 8 bugs caused by Adobe Flash. Meanwhile, major progress on HTML5 has been made and the finalized date of HTML5 has been unveiled. Consequently, as Adobe Flash lost its last change in Windows 8, HTML5 is establishing its dominance gradually.

Flash crashes in IE 10

As the dividing line between Adobe Flash and HTML5, the year 2012 not only witnesses the fall of Adobe Flash in digital market but also the progress HTML5 going popular. First rejected by The new iPad for being a vulnerable application, Adobe Flash then found itself rejected by Jelly Bean. Later, Google only desired to use it as a plug in for Chrome. After its quitting from Android market in August, Windows devices seemed to be the only savor for Adobe Flash. Later in September, Windows 8 changed its idea from rejecting Adobe Flash to using it as a plug in for IE 10.

In this test provided by Microsoft, Adobe Flash would maintain its influence if it had passed the test. However, as Windows 8 bug fixing moved on, Adobe Flash had lost the last change it could earn. Windows 8 intended to use Adobe Flash for the sake of users’ demand since the application still plays an important role in watching online videos or playing online games. However, after finding Adobe Flash only brought Windows 8 one security concern after another, Microsoft decided to use it as a temporary media player.

Luckily, while Adobe Flash is getting worse and worse, HTML5 is turning better and better. After Adobe Flash had lost its last change in Windows 8, it was a certain thing that HTML5 would begin a new era in Internet field. According to recent news, HTML5 will be finalized in 2014. In other words, HTML5 will be mature and powerful enough to replace Adobe Flash by 2014. Besides that, Adobe has also released Edge Tools for HTML5 development. It is the first big move executed by Adobe after it announced to switch its attentions from Adobe Flash to HTML5.

Edge Tools includes an interaction design tool, an inspection tool, a codec editor, a web design tool and a web font service, making it a favored choice to take full advantage of HTML5. Edge Tools will be provided for free in a short period and after that low-budget charge will be required for further using. Therefore, as Adobe Flash is declining, HTLML5 is stepping on its way to become an industry standard which users can make full of.

Microsoft IE9 will Support VP8 Video Technology and May Replace Flash

May 20th, 2010, manager of IE department Dean Hachamovitch said Microsoft IE9 browser will support VP8 video CODEC technology, the purpose of which is to improve IE9’s openness and compatibility.

WebM Project

Google has announced the debut of WebM project on Wednesday’s I/O developers technology conference. WebM is an open, royalty-free network media file format, and is supported by the commercial software giants such as Mozilla(the developer of Firefox browser), Opera(the developer of Norway browser), AMD, Nvidia , Oracle and so on.

WebM adopts VP8 codec technology, which is Matroska media technology based on the network video technology developer On2.. Early this February, Google has taken over On2 with $1.06 million dollars. On2 is well-known for video compression technology, and this technology has been widely applied in all kinds of desktop software and mobile applications. On2 customers include Adobe, Skype, Nokia, Infineon, Sun, SONY, American network television servicer Brightcove etc.

Microsoft Response

Regarding Google WebM, Hachamovitch said on Wednesday’s night in blog: “IE9 supports not only HTML5, but also H.264 video and VP8 video. However, the premise is the users must have the VP8 codec pack installed in Windows.” He stressed that there are still some specific technical problems need to be solved before IE9’s perfect support to VP8.

Hachamovitch said: “I want to make it clear that we hope to maintain IE’s security and stability, but at the same, improve its openness and compatibility. We promise to the customers that IE9 shall support all the frequently-used media formats. Meanwhile, the intellectual property rights of Windows clients, developers, and all internet users, will be protected.

Standard Competition

Fully support to networl video is one of the new functions of HTML5 internet browsing standard. But for the network video standard, Ogg Theora and H.264 are deadlocked. Microsoft, as one of the important contributors to H.264 standard, decides to continually support it in Windows operating system and IE9 browsers. Apple also stands by H.264 and said the H.264 video technology will become the alternative products of Adobe Flash.

However, Mozilla and Opera have different voices. They disapprove H.264 format. In addition, the insiders who establish the the technical specification of HTML5 also said, network video standard should not only choose specific codec.

Insiders said, WebM project may help reduce the conflict between Ogg Theora and H.264. But if WebM can not get the support from Microsoft and Apple, it is very hard to be the actual network video standard. Apple hasn’t comment on Google’s release of WebM project yet.

Highly recommended by Mozilla

Mozilla preachers Chris Blizzard wrote in blog on Wednesday: “VP8 is superior to Ogg Theora speaking of codec quality, and it can compete with H.264 speaking of picture quality. We will support WebM in Firefox, and today we released the beta Firefox 4.0, with the early support to WebM.”

Opera also launched a beta browser which supports WebM format. Opera CTO Hakon Wium Lie said: “HTML, CSS and JavaScript have never had patent, Internet should always be open.

Although the video function of HTML5 standard may be a significant threat to Adobe Flash, Google and Adobe are already in the alliance and Google has decided to integrate Flash to its Chrome browser. Because of this, Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch said on Wednesday that Flash player will be integrated with VP8 function and the new product is set to be released within one year.

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