Flash on Android is hardly a superhero
posted by Daniel P. / Sep 01, 2010, 7:45 AM
Given the resource hog that desktop Flash is, the mobile version has proved to be a daunting task for Adobe to scale down, and port over to mobile devices. Video playback on a lot of popular news and video websites was hit-and-miss, and basically the moral of the story is that the videos still have to be specifically optimized for mobile viewing, which kind of misses the whole purpose.
In our own experience with Adobe Flash 10.1 on Froyo we noticed actual improvement displaying interactive charts, like those of Google Finance, for example, which before were not exactly "interactive", but Google recently optimized the site for mobile, so that might be it.
What about your experiences, has the Flash superhero come to the rescue on your Froyo device, or you also have some "Flashback" stories to tell?
Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 04, 2010
Couldn´t it be because GPU is not powerful enough? We should wait for devices like Galaxy S with much better GPU to see how Flash can develop.
posted on Oct 20, 2010, 1:48 AM 0
Really. Are you aware that the N1 is capable of playing HD video perfectly fine? Surely that takes much more processing and GPU power than some standard definition flash movie, right? I kinda remember myself telling this to everyone when everyone was hyped to the core about flash coming in froyo. And with great satisfaction I tell you now - I told you so.
posted on Sep 01, 2010, 11:01 AM 0
As much as folks want to hate Steve Jobs, the dude is right. Any flash content, apart from video, is really made for a mouse, not your finger. I know we've loved our little flash games (which are generally apps now). But websites can be redesigned and optimized for PC's as well as cell phones. Flash is just not really important on today's web except for video and in audio and video, you can just use HTML5
posted on Sep 01, 2010, 1:26 PM 0
Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010
I think you (and the writers of this article) are missing the point of Flash on Froyo... It's Available, it's Optional and it's Free. If you don't like the performance, uninstall it. If you like having the option, keep it. It's like the cork-screw on a swiss-army knife, even though it ain't as good as the real version, it's better than nothing. Everyone needs to stop acting like if something isn't perfect, it's trash.
posted on Sep 01, 2010, 4:25 PM 0
Ordinarily, I'd agree with you. But the problem is when Apple publicly said Flash is useless on mobile, Adobe came out and said they've presented something awesome worth our time every year and Apple rejected it. Adobe made it sound like they were ready, but no one gave them a chance to prove themselves. It's been over a year since Apple called them out and this is what they have to show for it? At this point, if Flash is worth it on the mobile end, Adobe should have had it perfect.
posted on Sep 01, 2010, 9:19 PM 0
Yeah it's available. Question is - why is everyone so forgiving towards it? This is what it looks like on a top Android device. And the N1 is a top Android device. It didn't have any apps running in the background either. So yeah - all those who say that their flash works so much better - guess what - you lucked out. This video represents what flash looks like for the average Joe. And I didn't even mention the fact that lesser devices like the Milestone (1) also get 2.2. Imagine what their flash experience will be (shudders). So yeah - it's here. Why is everyone so happy about it, and not bashing Adobe\Google for it's poor implementation? What the smartphone community ran out of steam after all the Antennagate incident?
posted on Sep 01, 2010, 11:41 PM 0
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While flash might not be "optimized" for android, people seem to forget this is still mobile. Things take time to develop. I've got flash on my Droid X and couldn't be happier. The occasional video may stutter some, but the fact that I can watch live CNN from their site with decent passable video is something that's worth it, its still better than any other platform has!
posted on Sep 01, 2010, 9:07 AM 0
Posts: 312; Member since: May 09, 2010
Yeah, this article to me seems like someone writing a review on the first cellphone: "This phone is pretty great but WTF is with this huge antenna and battery bag? Why can't this fit in my pocket?" It was the FIRST cellphone. Now, this is the FIRST cellphone to really run flash.
posted on Sep 01, 2010, 9:17 AM 0
Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009
crappy nexus one??? That phone is still smoking 90% of the phones out there! I have a desire and it runs just fine. Besides, id rather have the option of flash than not.
posted on Sep 01, 2010, 9:46 AM 0
Posts: 1424; Member since: Dec 14, 2008
I use Frash on my iPhone 4. Plays any flash content just fine without having to have Flash itself on the phone. (shrug).
posted on Sep 01, 2010, 9:59 AM 0
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Lol i have my moto droid 1 rooted and optimized to 800mhz - flash player works wonderfully. I dont get what u guys are talking about. Video - its good, games however are a ways off. I dont see myself playing farmville on my phone anytime soon. I only wanted flash to i could have full youtube access
posted on Sep 01, 2010, 1:32 PM 0
I literally just went to fox.com and streamed an episode of house and my results looked nothing like the video. It was quick and a good solid stream of video. I was using 3g, not wifi so I'm not sure what issues this guy was having.
posted on Sep 01, 2010, 2:22 PM 0
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