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“I took it as nothing more than showmanship when Jobs shared his thoughts on Flash and wrote that ‘Flash is closed and proprietary, has major technical drawbacks, and doesn’t support touch based devices,'” Piltch reports. “After spending time playing with Flash Player 10.1 on the new Droid 2, the first Android 2.2 phone to come with the player pre-installed, I’m sad to admit that Steve Jobs was right. Adobe’s offering seems like it’s too little, too late.”
How bad is mobile Flash? When I went to ABC.com and tried to play a clip, I waited five minutes while the player said ‘loading.’ During that time, it was nearly impossible to scroll around the page or tap objects on it. Eventually, I scrolled up to see a message that was previously obstructed and said ”Sorry. An error occurred while attempting to load the video. Please try again later.”
“When I visited Fox.com and tried to start an episode of House, the program actually played but, even over Wi-Fi, the playback was slideshow-like. Worse still, the player became unresponsive as it ignored my attempts to tap the pause, volume, and slider buttons,” Piltch reports. “At some point during playback, an overlay message warned me that this video was ‘not optimized for mobile.'”
Piltch reports, “During these Flash lockups, it was nearly impossible to scroll around the screen and most taps were ignored or followed many seconds later… Back in April, Jobs pointed out that mobile Flash had been promised and delayed since the beginning of 2009. ‘We think it will eventually ship, but we’re glad we didn’t hold our breath,’ he wrote. Unfortunately, many Web content providers haven’t been holding their breath either. As we surfed around, we found more and more sites that work with HTML 5. The difference between an HTML 5 video and a Flash video that works well is so slight you can’t tell. “
Piltch writes, “Based on my early experience with Flash Player 10.1 for mobile, it could soon join the floppy drive in the tech graveyard, something else Steve Jobs helped kill.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Why does Avram Piltch give a flying fsck if lazy ingrate Adobe’s Flash dies the ignoble death is so rightly deserves? Is he a Flash developer? Does he own Adobe stock? Mysteriously, Piltch doesn’t explain his rationale for “being the last person on earth who wanted top believe Steve Jobs” or why he thinks it’s “unfortunate” that many Web content designers are moving into the future with device-agnostic HTML5 instead of sticking with lazy ingrate Adobe’s dead end, buggy, inefficient, insecure Flash that excludes over 100 million users of iOS devices. Does he have a dog in this hunt or is he just biased?
These people who “hate” Steve Jobs or don’t believe what he has to say while banging out their little opinions on devices that, regardless of brand, would not exist without Steve Jobs really do make us laugh.
Our related articles list below should read like a horror story to lazy ingrate Adobe’s so-called “management” – if, that is, they were able manage to rouse themselves from their collective stupor in order to peruse it.
Note to advertisers: (including those who advertise via third-party ad networks and become, in effect, our advertisers): Your Flash-based ads are no longer reaching the most well-heeled customers online: 100+ million iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. If you care about reaching people with discretionary income, you might want to consider dumping your flash-based ads and moving to a more open format that people with money and the will to spend it can actually see.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Ottawa Mark” for the heads up.]
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US-CERT: Adobe Flash and AIR vulnerabilities can allow hackers to take control of your computer – August 12, 2010
Freelancer.com sees massive increase in demand for HTML5 jobs – July 07, 2010
Buh-bye Adobe Flash: Porn industry begins to drop Flash in favor of HTML5 – June 30, 2010
Hackers exploit extremely critical bug in Adobe Flash, Reader, Acrobat – June 06, 2010
BBC iPlayer to scrap Adobe’s proprietary Flash for promised Apple iPad app – May 27, 2010
Apple marginalizing Adobe’s proprietary Flash as companies, designers shift to open HTML5 – May 21, 2010
Video hosting site Viddler launches HTML5 beta (with video that everyone can see) – May 14, 2010
iPad-ready non-Flash video explodes online – May 13, 2010
Adobe shows frayed nerves, trots out co-founders, ads to peddle proprietary Flash as ‘open’ – May 13, 2010
Adobe Flash demo crashes Nexus One Android phone repeatedly or doesn’t work at all – May 10, 2010
Steve Jobs has to be smiling: Scribd tells HTML5 switch story, blasts Adobe Flash in the process – May 08, 2010
All CBS.com video will be available to Apple iPad via HTML5 by start of fall season – May 07, 2010
No Flash Required: WFMU begins testing live streaming audio in HTML5 – May 06, 2010
Microsoft echoes Apple’s view on Adobe’s Flash; backs HTML5 standard – May 06, 2010
Adobe complaint prompted U.S DOJ and FTC to consider Apple antitrust investigation – May 05, 2010
Resistance is futile: Why Apple’s Steve Jobs will win this war with Adobe – May 03, 2010
H.264 has already won, makes up 66% of online videos, and Adobe Flash encoding plummets – May 02, 2010
Adobe denies iPhones to employees; erases 0.01732% of iPhone userbase in Flash revenge ploy – May 01, 2010
Microsoft: The future of the web is HTML5; IE9 HTML5 will support playback of H.264 video only – April 30, 2010
Facebook videos go HTML5, now iPhone and iPad compatible – April 27, 2010
Apple to Adobe et al.: From now on, we’re in charge of our own destiny, thanks – April 19, 2010
Adobe Platform Evangelist: ‘Go screw yourself Apple’ – April 09, 2010
Apple’s new iPhone developer agreement bans the use of Adobe’s Flash-to-iPhone compiler – April 08, 2010
TED.com goes HTML5 – March 31, 2010
TIME Magazine, New York Times replace Flash with HTML5 H.264 video for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch – March 29, 2010
NPR and Wall Street Journal prep Apple iPad-optimized, Adobe Flash-free sites – March 16, 2010
Virgin America dumps Adobe’s Flash; company doesn’t want to exclude iPhone OS users – March 02, 2010
Watch Adobe’s Flash Player 10.1 kill Google’s Nexus One’s battery (with video) – February 23, 2010
Only 9.3% of iPhone and iPod touch users have attempted to download Adobe Flash – February 11, 2010
Steve Jobs: Adobe is ‘lazy’, Google can’t ‘kill iPhone,’ ‘Don’t be evil’ mantra is ‘bullshit’ – February 01, 2010
Google’s YouTube begins HTML5 Video Player beta – January 21, 2010