Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 28th Feb 2010 22:02 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless The sky might be dark over Sunnyvale, but that obviously doesn't stop Palm from updating its webOS. The highly anticipated version 1.4 of the young mobile platform has been released over the weekend, and it includes an impressive array of new features, improvements, and bug fixes.
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RE[2]: The race is on
by cb_osn on Mon 1st Mar 2010 04:10 UTC in reply to "RE: The race is on"
cb_osn
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From what I've heard flash on mobile devices does pretty much all it really need to, which is play videos.

I don't really care about Flash one way or the other, but if the only usage for it on mobile devices is to play videos, then what's the point?

Flash provides a whole platform for layered composition of animated media. It's incredibly powerful for layered, sequenced or interactive media, but is a waste for just playing video. The composition engine requires each element to be in RGB colorspace which means that Flash must either pull the RGB data from the ASIC or DSP hardware, or do the decoding and/or colorspace conversion in software.

Either way, it adds unnecessary steps that increase processing time and battery drain for something that can be done with fewer cycles by extracting the media streams from the FLV and playing them through the hardware accelerated native media framework.

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