Flash Mobile 10.1 is Slow
Posted by Shiv Kumar on Senior Software Engineer, Software Architect
Since Adobe have released the new mobile version of Flash many people have been comparing the performance of Android 2.2 devices with the iPhone.
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Flash slows down AndroidThis is one of the primary things people are seeing, testing and complaining about. In my opinion, the tests are completely baseless and people are being misled. Here is why:
- First off, you can't share the same Wi-fi network across two or three devices and expect each of them to get equal bandwidth sharing.
- When you go to a website that has Flash content, then Flash player will have to download this content. This content, however, was not made for a mobile device (I'm talking about ads and such). So while the iPhone gets a simple image in place of Flash content, the Android device needs to download much larger content.
- In addition to the content, the device has to download the specific swf file, which again was never made for a mobile device
- The swf has to be initialized and run which means the device running Flash content has to do a lot more work than the iPhone that simply loaded an image and moved on.