Browsers, Desktop Flash Player, Devices-PC, Flash 10, HTML5, Media players, Rich Internet Applications April 5th, 2010
Did you know that Google engineers get to spend 20% of their time working on their ‘pet-projects‘? Pretty cool. One of such ‘pet-project’ done by Google engineers was creation of Quake II using HTML5 only. The game runs in browser and no plug-in is needed. The blog also shows a yotube video of the post, and claims that it can run at upto 60 fps. On the first glance, the news sounds really exciting and one would think that html5 is ready to take on Flash. Granted this game doesn’t use some of the advanced features available in Flash 10, but still makes on wander if they should reconsider using Flash… Not so fast…. wait till you get to ‘build instructions‘.
To get this to work, one need to install Ogg Vorbis alongwith Java and Lame. Now Java is the most common on every machine and is likely to be found on an average user’s computer, but not Ogg Vorbis (for video) and Lame (for mp3). How many average users know about Ogg Vorbis and Lame? And how many would be willing to install it o run a particular application? This is precisely why Flash will continue to dominate for the time being.
But who knows? Browsers of tomorrow may start shipping with Ogg Vorbis and Lame and then Flash could be in serious trouble. (Although that is unlikely as browsers traditionally have not included any video decoders).