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Friday, 03 September 2010 10:39

Flash Player on Android is “shockingly bad”

Written by Fudzilla staff
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Steve Jobs was right, apparently
It appears that Apple’s decision to forgo Adobe Flash support on its handsets may have been justified.

Newteevee.com has put together a rather nice demonstration of Flash support on the Google Nexus One smartphone and the results were nothing short of bad, or “shockingly bad” as the reviewer put it.

Although the Nexus One features a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and the latest available version of Android, it was simply overwhelmed by non-optimized flash content.

The review found that it was practically impossible to watch proper Flash video on the platform. Sometimes the video wouldn’t load at all and sometimes it would just go tits up or forget to play audio.

The simple conclusion is that Flash support should not be viewed as a competitive advantage of Android devices over Apple toys.

More here.
Last modified on Friday, 03 September 2010 11:30
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+30 #1 AndreiD 2010-09-03 11:57
I'm sure Google will fix this in the 3rd version of Android. Having flash on the Android platform is going to give them a big boost against Apple and it would be a pity not to capitalize on that when you could just optimize Flash until it works on handsets.
Most handsets in 2011 will have Dual Core 1+ Ghz ARMs anyway, so that should make things a lot easier.
 
 
+31 #2 ghelyar 2010-09-03 12:03
Flash is much more than just a video player.

Real time video decoding is not a trivial task and much of it relies on multimedia instruction sets that ARM do not use.

Try playing some flash games instead, or something similar.
 
 
-18 #3 Nooblet 2010-09-03 13:56
I want to watch a flash video of Jobs rolling on the floor laughing on an Android phone... coz you don't want to hear the sound.
 
 
+29 #4 FakeJ 2010-09-03 14:03
I stream Flash TV shows over 3G to my Nexus One and I honestly find that it works nearly flawlessly, so I am always confused when I see these reports. Perhaps what I am viewing is optimized for Mobile (which I highly doubt). Seems the main problem would be the 3G (or wifi) connection, not the power of the phone.

Either way, something is better than nothing, IMHO.
 
 
+17 #5 FistOfGod 2010-09-03 14:29
Quoting FakeJ:
I stream Flash TV shows over 3G to my Nexus One and I honestly find that it works nearly flawlessly, so I am always confused when I see these reports.


Precisely. I can stream flash on my Desire over WiFi and it's ok. It's not perfect but it's ok. I don't lose audio either. Weird.
 
 
+1 #6 The_Wolf88 2010-09-03 15:01
Snapdragon sucks !

GPU inside it weak !

They should test Galaxy S device it have Sasmung Hummingbird CPU which have a really good GPU !
 
 
+14 #7 Runadumb 2010-09-03 15:27
Wait all flash video isn't butter smooth on Android? Quickly ban it! How dare google give us the option of flash, they disgust me!

I checked your link and found an update which pretty much said "Yeah i'm full of shit and most flash video actually works fine for people it would seem. If I had a decent camera I would record my experiences with flash video on my nexus one. I can even watch the iplayer on it. Haven't had an unwatchable video yet but some do stutter at times.
 
 
+1 #8 valhar2000 2010-09-03 16:21
The point of adding Flash support to Nexus was never the idea that Flash is any good (at least not in the opinion of anyone I've talked to who wanted Flash on Smartphones); the point was that there is a lot of good content only available in Flash, and it would be nice to be able to access it with a Smartphone.

Flash sucks, it always has and it looks like it always will, but it is ubiquitous, and there is simply no way to avoid without significantly curtailing your web browsing options.

Thus, it is no surprise that Flash works badly on Smartphones, since it works badly in every other device, but it is still good to be able to access the content it enables.
 
 
+5 #9 blandead 2010-09-03 20:34
The strongest counterpoint comes from developer Paul Yanez, who recorded a video and posted a response on his blog entitled, “Video: Flash on Android Is Shockingly Great!!!” Yanez said he was surprised by our piece because he recently bought a Droid 2 and had no problems with it playing Flash

Yanez demonstrated the same episode of Bones that Kevin had trouble watching The Flash player is stable, very powerful, and “there’s no difference between the Flash player in this mobile phone than on a desktop.”

what you need is optimal code said Yanez, he blames the Fox website for the issues, Fox has to improve the experience for end users and make the video an image and launch the video player in a new window.
 
 
+4 #10 rmyere 2010-09-03 20:37
Quoting valhar2000:
Thus, it is no surprise that Flash works badly on Smartphones, since it works badly in every other device ...



AAA HA HAA!!! I read this and milk shot out of my nose! soooooo true.
 

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