“I’m not sure given the huge success of the iPad and the iPhone that I can really tear apart Thoughts on Flash from a pure business perpective at this juncture,” Jason Perlow writes for ZDNet. “A year ago, many of us had some doubts that the iPad would be able to penetrate the the market with a clear abscence of such an important web standard built into the device. We were wrong.”
“Clearly, despite which many critics in and outside the tech industry regarded as the device’s prime limitation (myself included at the time) the products have been doing exceptionally well,” Perlow writes. “This hasn’t stopped of course the various industry competitors from coming out with Flash-compatibile devices. Adobe has continued to develop Flash 10.2 for Android, first releasing for Froyo (2.2) and Gingerbread (2.3) smartphones and recently for Honeycomb (3.0) tablets. This was also followed by a release of Abobe AIR 2.x on Android for deploying stand-alone Flash apps as well.”
“But the software on Android hasn’t been without its problems. Many Android phones currently on the market and the first crop of Froyo-based tablets aren’t really powerful enough to run Flash-enabled web pages effectively,” Perlow writes. “While Flash ‘runs’ it tends to bog down the OS, and many Android smartphone users turn the plugin off unless specific content needs to be viewed.”
Perlow writes, “Steve Jobs’ predictions on how Flash would affect the mobile experience have effectively turned out to be correct.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The absence of Adobe’s antiquated, piggish Flash on iOS devices is a benefit.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]
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