Linked by David Adams on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 08:37 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless While it's been a low-level grumbling for years, the issue of Flash on mobile devices (and particularly the iPhone/Touch/iPad ecosystem) has reached fever pitch over the past few weeks, with Steve Jobs as self-appointed Flash basher-in-Chief. The OSNews crowd, that is, dyed-in-the-wool technologists have, by and large, not been big fans of Flash, with its spotty availability and performance on alternative platforms, resource hogging, and instability. And though it's quite useful for web video and other specialized interfaces, it drives the tech savvy crazy when it's used for utterly superfluous multimedia bling. So we've had a lively discussion of the pros and cons of Flash, and whether device users should be free to make their own decision about whether it's worthy to install on their iPads. But we're leaving out an important detail. As Daniel Eran Dilger, a Flash developer, points out, almost all the important existing Flash infrastructure won't work anyway. Update: A worthwhile rebuttal to this point of view.
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RE: Nice thought but...
by daveak on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 13:22 UTC in reply to "Nice thought but..."
daveak
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2008-12-29

My biggest worry is whether Apple will give Safari mobile and have you rendering crappy mobile pages at 1024x768 or have you using an in between version, which renders full size pages, which more often than not ( sadly ) use flash.


Drifting a little off topic, but if you get served up mobile pages when you don't want them then it is the site (not Apple) that is at fault for taking notice of the user agent string and playing games. I usually hate being redirected to mobile sites on my iPhone. I want the normal standard site thank you very much.

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