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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Flash and the mouse
by poundsmack on Tue 23rd Feb 2010 00:13 UTC
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lots of embedded systems... ok, a few embedded systems, have flash and do not need a mouse. QNX supports flash as a touch screen option: "The new QNX Flash player has been optimized for low system overhead and optimal memory usage. It supports touch screens, mice, keypads, and other input models, as well as local font rendering for fast display generation." http://www.qnx.com/news/pr_2609_1.html

and that was in 2007, now they are on flash lite 3.1 with even better touch support.

http://www.qnx.com/news/web_seminars/embedded_flash.html
this was a good one as well.

Now Nokia and flash: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/devices/articles/s60_touch_games.html

and here is the icing on the cake: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/FlashPlatform/beta/reference/actionscri...

that last one is more of an in progress but you get the point. Flash has little holding it back aside from Jobs on the iPad, this coming from someone who who has been using flash on his various embeded OS's for the better part of 2 1/2 years.

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