Virgin America Drops Flash Over Lack of iPhone Support
Virgin has replaced Flash with HTML on their website because of the lack of support for Flash on the iPhones.Virgin plans on moving their new site to HTML 5, Once it has gotten clearance from the World Wide Web Consortium.
Virgin’s Chief information officer Ravi Simhambhatla told The Register: ‘I don’t want to cater to one hardware or one software platform one way to another, and Flash eliminates iPhone users. This year is going to be the year of the mobile [for Virgin].’
Since Apple decided to eliminate Flash from iPhone since it was launched in 2007.The relationship between Apple and Adobe has been relatively calm. Things change dramatically when Steve Jobs decided to announce the launch of iPad and again eliminating Flash and to top if offÃ‚Â trash talking the Adobe team and calling them lazy in a town hall meeting.
He said his reason for eliminating FlashÃ‚Â are due to it beingÃ‚Â unstable and buggy. Whenever a Mac crashes more oftenÃ‚Â or so it’s because of Flash, and thatÃ‚Â basically Flash is dying out and people are moving on toÃ‚Â HTML5.
If that was not enough, a few weeks later he did some more trash talking about Adobe to theÃ‚Â board ofÃ‚Â the Wall Street Journal saying Flash is a dying technology and likened it to floppy discs and CCFL-backlit LCDs.
With iPhone sales soaring with no end insight, the question is will Flash still thrive without Apple’s support? As Apple is not the only one turning against Flash. Google is alsoÃ‚Â committed to HTML5 and Microsoft has its own proprietary Flash competitor in Silverlight. Only time will tell if Virgin’s dismissal of Flash is gonna be a domino effect.