Mobile Flash Fail: Weak Android player proves Apple CEO Steve Jobs right

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“I’m the last person on earth who wanted to believe Steve Jobs when he told Walt Mossberg at D8 that ‘Flash has had its day,'” Avram Piltch reports for LAPTOP Magazine.

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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 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 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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