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: This is BS
by robojerk on Mon 22nd Feb 2010 18:29 UTC in reply to "This is BS"
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The site admins seem to hate Flash above everything else at the moment. I understand their push for HTML5, open standards makes life better for web users and developers.

The Steve Jobs rant was pointless though. A CEO bitching about a rival company's product. Steve was making the right arguments (I am still skeptical about Flash 10.1 draining battery life) for the wrong reasons. Steve Jobs wants the iPod/iPad base to buy video, games, and music from iTunes. It makes perfect sense for him to want that and I don't fault him for it, it's his job to make sure that Apple is profitable.

Flash should be phased out in my opinion, however I don't quite think HTML5 is quite ready to take over. One big hurdle is Internet Explorer. Love it or hate it and no matter how much a % share Firefox or WebKit has IE still has a very large user base. I don't see sites jumping on the HTML5 bandwagon yet until they're sure to still retain that market.

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