Apple’s strength has been shown once again when Adobe gave into what many have stated as “the inevitable.” Adobe released a free tool that will convert Flash files to HTML5 so that they can run on Apple devices like the iPad and iPhone, as well as other Flash unsupported devices.
This tool will help advertisers and websites that have already made big investments in Flash. Adobe released the tool called “Wallaby” (official free download link provided) that will let developers convert Flash to HTML5, which can run in the Safari browser used by Apple devices.
Apple has publicized its negative opinion of Adobe’s Flash technology because it eats extensive battery life, is not open-source, and therefore refuses to support it on the iOS platform used by the iPhone and iPad.
HTML5 received a show of support from such large enterprises as Google, Microsoft (The HTML5 version of Bing will reportedly include instant search, smooth animations, and many other features), and Facebook (In 2011, Facebook will begin moving toward using HTML5, mainly because it works similarly across many different platforms).
With this first showing of the white flag, it seems more realistic and probable that HTML5 is going to replace Flash as the default way to make interactive Web apps in the next few years. Moreover, Adobe recently suffered another Flash setback on mobile devices when the Motorola Xoom tablet, the first tablet running Android Honeycomb which was designed specifically for tablets, was shipped without Flash support.