Well, shoot. While I was disappointed by this news, I was hardly surprised – we all knew that Flash was a resource hog, and a phone’s limited amount of processing power and memory would be taxed, but all the same, I had hoped for better.
IT IS STARTING TO LOOK LIKE Adobe’s plan to move away from Apple land and into the world of Android might run aground.
Web standards developer Jeff Croft wrote in his blog that Ryan Stewart, a Flash platform evangelist at Adobe, showed him a demo of Flash Player 10.1 running on his Nexus One phone.
Ryan pulled up a site called Eco Zoo. It is, seemingly, a pretty intense example of Flash development full of 3D rendering, rich interactions, and cute little characters.
Then, he pulled up the same thing on his Nexus One. The site’s progress bar filled in and the 3D world appeared for a few seconds before the browser crashed.
Apparently Ryan said “Whoops! Well, it’s beta, and this is an intense example – let’s try it again.” He tried it again and got the same result.
So he said to the audience, “Well, this one isn’t going to work, but does anyone have a Flash site they’d like to see running?” A wag shouted out Hulu and Ryan sheepishly said, “Hulu doesn’t work.”
Croft said that Flash on Android is beta and so it is expected that it’s crashy and buggy at this stage. He said that Adobe should not show off buggy software at this point.
We guess that the world plus dog has a perception problem that Abobe’s software is buggy, therefore anything that it does that goes wrong falls into Apple’s spin about the product.