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Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Froyo: Quick as a Flash

Well well well, what have we here?

A couple of things actually:

Thing the first:

We have Adobe's Flash running very nicely indeed. In fact so nicely that it looks completely useable. While there has been a lot of debate around the future of Flash and it's relevance in a future HTML5 dominated mobile world, one thing that can't be ignored is that while Flash indeed may be one day usurped by HTML5 (especially for video), the reality of today's web is that Flash is everywhere.
So until the HTML5 utopia becomes a reality, yes I want Flash on my mobile browser and yes I want it to run well.
Given Steve Job's recent open letter of condemnation and in particular this line, Adobe must be feeling pretty good right now:

 "We have routinely asked Adobe to show us Flash performing well on a mobile device, any mobile device, for a few years now. We have never seen it."

Well you have now Steve, so how about putting it in the iPad and living up to that self appointed 'The best way to experience the web' moniker.

Thing the second:

It's Froyo baby

Sure there is a new App launcher, tutorial and Global Search bar, but I'm way more interested in the findings of the Android Police that are reporting with the new JIT kernel in 2.2 (Froyo) that the Linpack benchmarking tool is showing a 450% increase in overall speed over 2.1 (Eclair) on the Nexus One. This would certainly help to explain why Flash is running so well and will hopefully be an indication of the kind of performance boosts other Android handsets may receive.
However, I doubt the the patient Hero users out there still waiting for a (now Q2 release) 2.1. upgrade will be as excited.


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