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Proof that Flash won’t run well on mobile devices.

Some idiot’s demoing Flash on the Nexus One. He can barely get anything to load, and when it does it’s unusably slow. My close, personal friend Steve Jobs was right to say that Flash would never work on any mobile platforms ever.

Adobe’s such a tool.

  1. May 14, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    When Android 2.2 comes out I bet someone will comment from the Android browser while watching the video using Flash to prove you wrong 😛

  2. May 14, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Am I detecting sarcasm 😛 Is mosspuppet having an internal conflict of some kind :)?

    What this video shows to me is a prerecorded controlled demo that may behave very differently in the real world, as the earlier crashing live demo by the same guy has shown. But demos aside, there are actual issues revealed with Flash on mobiles here.

    You have to keep focusing into the Flash rectangle to interact, which is disruptive, clumsy, ugly and furthers the disconnect between HTML and Flash. You can’t scroll while you’re interacting with Flash, and you can’t interact with flash without focusing and giving up scrolling. Bad.

    I’d rather do what Safari Mobile does with HTML5/JS: ignore the incompatible events and let the user scroll. The authors can adapt their UI for touch devices, rather than try to add kludges to the Flash player behavior so existing desktop sites may work with absolutely no modification.

    Adobe can make this a solid product, as long as they be frank with their users that not all Flash sites made to run on 1024×768 screens (and above) actually make sense on a tiny phone screen (as this demo shows repeatedly).

    Flash bits adapted for touch could work well if they blend seamlessly into the page HTML, and are aware of the constraints of their environment.

  3. Angelworks
    May 17, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Actually making it click to activate solves two major problems a) flash ads won’t consume resources – because they wont run at all and b) you’ll only click on content you want/trust so it acts as a security layer.

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