Adobe’s Flash still not on Apple’s iPad, and that’s a good thing

“Just about a year ago I wrote a post here at ITworld titled Flash on iPad wouldn’t solve anything (but would strengthen Adobe’s control of the web),” Peter Smith reports for ITworld.

“Back then the iPad 1 was brand new and Apple and Steve Jobs were catching a lot of flak for not allowing Flash on the device,” Smith reports. “My argument was that having Flash on the iPad wouldn’t matter for anything but video since most Flash apps expect mouse and keyboard input anyway. Further, not having Flash on the iPad could encourage websites to offer video via HTML5.”

Smith reports, “Flash on this [Acer Iconia A500 Android] tablet is a dog. It struggles to run high def Flash video and can’t smoothly scroll a game as simple as Farmville. The tablet is no slouch in terms of performance otherwise, so I’m laying the blame here at Adobe’s feet. Presumably Adobe can fix this as it continues to optimize Flash for the Tegra 2 (and other tablet) chipsets, but for now the combination of dual-core tablets and Android Honeycomb 3.0 just doesn’t have the horsepower to run Flash well… In my opinion, having Flash available on my Android tablet adds very little to the value of the device.”

Read more in the full article here.

Related articles:
Study: iOS users view 80% of mobile video – May 23, 2011
Apple CEO Steve Jobs was right about Adobe’s Flash – May 2, 2011
Adobe capitulates on Flash, adopts Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming for iOS – April 16, 2011
Firefox VP: Adobe Flash is doomed – March 11, 2011
Steve Jobs posts rare open letter: Thoughts on Flash – April 29, 2010


  1. …and with the recent news that 80% of all mobile video is streaming to iOS devices, this only reinforces that flash is NOT NECESSARY to have a great experience.

  2. Flash wasn’t designed to handle touch input. In most cases, it requires a mouse. The iPad has been out for 2 years, and the iOS device longer still. Adobe has had plenty of time to figure this out, but they still haven’t provided a workable mobile version of Flash – for ANY platform. All these reviews of Flash on Android only serve to make Apple’s point. Flash isn’t suited to the mobile space in it’s current form. Can Adobe get it to work? They’ve had nearly 3 years, so I think we have our answer.

    On top of that, video has been part of the Internet experience for over 15 years. It’s beyond time to add better video controls into the HTML spec.

  3. I’m not much of a game player, but one look at the App store will tell you there are plenty of games available for download that don’t require Flash.

  4. The problem is that the Adobe development cycles are sooo sloooww for updates. By tthe time they get a Flash update out the next version of the software has already been released.

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