But when it comes to the development of high demand (in terms of performance) mobile apps, using native languages like Swift for iOS and Java for Android is still the way to go. This might change with Googles Flutter framework.
Adobe announced that the Flash player will not be produced for Android:
We announced last November that we are focusing our work with Flash on PC browsing and mobile apps packaged with Adobe AIR, and will be discontinuing our development of the Flash Player for mobile browsers. This post provides an update on what this means for ongoing access to the Flash Player browser plugin for Android in the Google Play Store.
Without getting into all the details, Adobe is basically throwing in the towel for the Flash player on mobile devices. This is turn means that Flash on the desktop browser will eventually fade to nothing since people are not going to want to have Flash on their websites knowing that iOS and Android users will NOT be able to see their content.
… And this is why we no longer teach Flash because it seems clear that it will soon become a niche product where the jobs will be few and far between. Yes, this could take years, but already competitors like HTML5, CSS3 and JQuery are taking over.
This just out: Android Market Share Doubles, iOS Drops In Q3
Android’s share of the worldwide smartphone market was 52.3% for Q3, double what it was a year ago, according to fresh data from Gartner. Apple’s iOS dropped on a year over year basis to 15% market share for Q3.
The culprit for Apple’s drop? The iPhone 4, of course. People were waiting for the iPhone 5, or as it turned out, the iPhone 4S.
I’m no Android fan-boy and I happen to like Apple products a lot – I think the the Mac Air is the greatest computer ever made. But as a practical web designer and web programmer, you have to be mindful of what’s going on in the real world. It is clear that Android is and will be the dominate player.
So web designers and developers (programmers) have to learn HTML 5 and CSS 3 since they both run fine on Android and iOS.