Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th May 2010 10:45 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless While most of us here on the OSNews team are proponents of HTML5, we're all fully aware that Flash serves an important role on the web today, and will most likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Flash has a rather spotty record when it comes to performance, and so far, hasn't been able to run well on mobile devices. It seems this is about to change, as an Adobe evangelist has showed off Flash 10.1 on Android 2.2 (Froyo) running on the Nexus One. And eerlijk is eerlijk, it looks pretty darn impressive, especially considering how far they've come.
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Some code and codec nonsense in comparisons
by tomz on Tue 11th May 2010 13:23 UTC
tomz
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2010-05-06

I was doing flash on my Nokia tablet over 2 years ago. It was not great but more than passable - and I even hacked the camera to work (which I don't think is doable in HTML5). And because the browser was firefox based I added flashblock and adblock.

H.264 enclosed in an HTML5 wrapper somehow takes any different amount of CPU than when h.264 in a Flash wrapper? This is just stupid. If video acceleration APIs are withheld, Adobe can't make it faster, but I remember way back as to why Excel (3.0?) was faster than Lotus, and back then it was Microsoft super-secret undocumented turbo APIs.

If there are fast codec and video libraries available or installed for a platform, I would think that all would use them and there should be no difference in speed.

Also, I could actually block flash on most platforms I use. Including Android. It is open and extensible.

Go ahead and fix webkit - but remember that doesn't mean it will get into any particular version of Safari (or Chrome - but you can fork Chrome).

Which is one of my big fears and complaints with Apple - they are also blocking finer grained security features and the rest in their mobile browsing. Will ID theives get Granny's social security number? There's nothing I can do to prevent it. Apple may make getting on the information superhighway easier, but some people will just get run-over.

Personally, I detest flash. I rarely unblock flash on any site. But that doesn't mean I'm free to criticize it in any way. Should I trust the closed Adobe flash any more than the closed Apple stuff? I think not.

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