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Flash On Android Is 'Shockingly Bad' 657

Hugh Pickens writes "Ryan Lawler writes on GigaOm that although many have touted the availability of Flash on Android devices as a competitive advantage over Apple's mobile devices, while trying to watch videos from, and Metacafe using Flash 10.1 on a Nexus One over a local Wi-Fi network connected to a 25-Mbps Verizon FiOS broadband connection, mobile expert Kevin Tofel found that videos were slow to load, if they loaded at all, leading to an overall very inconsistent experience while using his Android device for video. 'While in theory Flash video might be a competitive advantage for Android users, in practice it's difficult to imagine anyone actually trying to watch non-optimized web video on an Android handset,' writes Lawler. 'All of which makes one believe that maybe Steve Jobs was right to eschew Flash in lieu of HTML5 on the iPhone and iPad.'"
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Flash On Android Is 'Shockingly Bad'

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  • by Colin Smith ( 2679 ) on Thursday September 02, 2010 @06:08PM (#33457952)

    What can I say.

    Leave the country, move somewhere with a 21st century mobile infrastructure.
    Learn to smoke, casually.
    Lose weight.
    Wear better clothes.
    Talk with an accent.
    Use a Nokia.

    In short, become European. Life is better.

  • Re:Really? (Score:4, Funny)

    by grub ( 11606 ) <> on Thursday September 02, 2010 @06:22PM (#33458162) Homepage Journal

    I loaded that in my iPad. Rather than seeing the blue no-Flash cube on that site, I saw a man stretching his anus open to remarkable proportions. It must be that update to iOS 3.1.3 I did the other day.
  • by amicusNYCL ( 1538833 ) on Thursday September 02, 2010 @06:28PM (#33458262)

    No, a real Australian would find a way to fit "cunt" into the sentence.

  • by T Murphy ( 1054674 ) on Thursday September 02, 2010 @06:33PM (#33458314) Journal
    Am I the only one bothered by the parent failing to use the title "News Flash!"?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 02, 2010 @06:34PM (#33458320)

    You are absolutely right. If you *need* "inconsistent" don't buy the iStuff. But people who buy the iStuff are helping to force "inconsistent" out of the web by their sacrifice, so that someday you too can enjoy not having to deal with "inconsistent" :-)

  • Re:Choice (Score:0, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 02, 2010 @07:02PM (#33458692)

    Because some fucking bastards make web pages with all the navigational elements in Flash. Until Steve Jobs can force. the motherfucking web designers to stop using Flash, I'll be damned if I let him stop me from using Flash -- it's the only way I can get to the "Contact" page and give those assholes a vitriol enema.

    Seriously. If you can't imagine a situation where it.might be worth enduring a "bad user experience" to do something in Flash, do the world a favor. Grab that shiny iPhone (yeah, the new one, with pixel density unmatched EXCEPT BY KOREAN/JAPANESE PHONES FROM TWO BLOODY YEARS AGO!), and hold the base of it over your right eye (being careful not to rest your finger on the gap between the antennas AKA "holding it WRONG!!!!1") so that the dock connector is directly over your retina. To ensure proper operation of your retina display, you'll need to press the iPhone inward with a slight twisting motion. As the connector docks with your retina, you may see a Flash -- this hurts your battery life and will only happen because you have sinned against the Lord JOBS -- prayer and fasting, and a penance of buying the next model at introduction price, with no refund when the price drops later, will be needed to absolve your sins. Continue pressing the iPhone more securely into your iSocket until you feel it seat securely against the back of your skull -- you may encounter some slight resistance due to brains you aren't using, but don't worry, this is perfectly normal. Whatever you do, DON'T push too hard after it's fully seated -- jailbreaking the iPhone through your skull is illegal (everywhere Jobs can make it so), and will leave an extra mess all over your chair, causing your next-of-kin a poor user experience.

  • Re:Silly (Score:3, Funny)

    by hedwards ( 940851 ) on Thursday September 02, 2010 @07:46PM (#33459260)
    I see you've been hanging out on a Bieber slash Twilight fan site.
  • by severoon ( 536737 ) on Thursday September 02, 2010 @08:00PM (#33459410) Journal

    Not that HTML5 is any better.

    What browser are you using? I watched the Arcade Fire Chrome experiment [] and it was fast and generally rocked. Everything I've seen in HTML5 has been quite awesome so far, actually.

    Flash, on the other hand, has always consistently sucked. Wait, scratch that, there is the one thing I know of that is just a great use of Flash. Really, it would convert anyone into a huge Flash believer if they saw it...I don't care who you are or how you're coming at it, once you saw this thing, you'd be forever convinced that Flash needs to be kept alive.

    I'd link it here for people to go and check out, but I can't link you directly to the relevant part. It's just a shame that Flash was invented before they decided the web would be based on linking. Shame, that. You really would've liked to see this.

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