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Firefox Mobile: Flash isn’t ready yet

One thing Firefox mobile doesn’t have is support for Flash, even though Android has a big partnership with Adobe to make Flash work on mobile. I spoke with some folks from Mozilla yesterday about this topic. Eventually, Firefox mobile will support Flash, but it is just not there yet in terms of responsiveness. The focus right now is on HTML5 and CSS. It is amazing some of the 3D effects, animations, video, and other in-browser graphics you can now get with HTML5. Check out some of the demos here after you download Firefox to your phone.

And to think, there are still people in the world who think that Apple is just being spiteful not allowing Flash on the iPhone.

Maybe when Jobs said that he was open to the idea of Flash on the iPhone originally, but Adobe just hadn’t shown him any running version of Flash that was up to the task yet, he was being completely sincere. After all, here we are more than FOUR YEARS after the original iPhone, and there still isn’t a version of Flash that isn’t a piece of crap yet.

Four years, people. That’s a century in tech time.

Clearly, Adobe had its head so far up its own ass that it missed the mobile revolution entirely. Flash was clearly never developed with lower-power mobile devices in mind. So they keep trying to shoehorn it down to make it passible. But there’s a point where you’re better off starting clean with a system designed for your needs from the ground up.

But that’s never been Adobe’s way.

And so Firefox mobilea joins the club of “Flash support coming soon.”

Wallaby: Adobe’s way of admitting defeat without admitting defeat

Adobe says that the main goal with Wallaby is to produce output that has the best combination of performance and quality on iOS. This objective betrays Wallaby’s immediate purpose: allowing advertisers to create rich ads that display correctly on the iPhone and iPad. The lack of Flash on iOS impacts both banner advertising on the Web, and ads embedded into applications using Apple’s HTML5-powered iAd. Wallaby allows designers to migrate their designs and hence reduce the costs of supporting these non-Flash platforms.

As far as I’m concerned, this is a tacit admission of defeat by Adobe. Basically, they are acknowledging that if they don’t offer a non-Flash alternative to making web-based ads, someone else will take this authoring market away from them.

The issue is that Adobe is still trying to fulfill this ridiculous promise of “write once, run everywhere.” Business-minded technology execs have been chasing that unicorn for ages now, and it’s never panned out.

And the sad part is, we’re closer than ever to being able to write web content that can truly be written once and run anywhere. It just can’t be done with Flash.

If you want to make ads that run on iOS devices AND on desktop web browsers, don’t write them in Flash and then translate them poorly over to HTML5. Just write them in HTML5 in the first place.

Seriously, any “developer” who complains that he or she wants to keep using Flash to author his or her content is not worth a paycheck. It’s not like Adobe doesn’t completely change the entire Flash scripting language and user interface every year or two, anyway; instead of learning the next version of Flash, just learn how to code Javascript and CSS 3 instead.

A career in technology requires a constant updating of one’s knowledge base. You can’t simply learn to program one language and expect the world to stop moving forward.

Meanwhile, Adobe, get some good authoring tools into Dreamweaver for NATIVE HTML5 creation. If you’re not putting the emphasis of your development time for CS6 on this, you don’t deserve to survive the decade.

Oh, and Ads? The increased desire of content producers to bombard us with ads, coupled with the decreased tolerance of most users for viewing ads is going to lead to a major bubble burst in the near future. But that’s a topic for another day.

Motorola’s Xoom Flash support coming “a few weeks” after release. Hmmm.

Honeycomb is the first version of Android designed for tablets and is eagerly anticipated. Motorola’s Xoom tablet will launch on Thursday as the first to run the software, but initial versions won’t come with Flash support. Verizon, which is putting the device on sale, previously said Flash would be available in “spring 2011.”

The vague time reference had people fearing Flash wouldn’t be available until the end of the season, but a posting on Adobe’s blog points to a slightly earlier release.

“Consumers are clearly asking for Flash support on tablet devices and the good news is that they won’t have to wait long. We are aware of over 50 tablets that will ship in 2011 supporting a full web experience (including Flash support) and Xoom users will be among the first to enjoy this benefit,” wrote Matt Rozen, on Adobe’s Flash Platform Blog.

I have to agree with John Gruber on this one. The most likely reason why Motorola is shipping this thing without Flash installed is that they want the reviews to reflect “pre-Flash” battery life. Just hold off on shipping Flash by a few weeks, and the reviewers will most likely mention that Flash is “coming” but fail to report on the effect Flash will have on the battery, which is bound to be pretty big. Makes perfect sense to me.

And it ranks right up there with charging for a month of 3G data if you want to use WiFi. Some pretty desperate and slimy sales tactics on Motorola’s part.

When is somebody just going to build a legitimate device to compete with the iPad, instead of having to skirt around these tech spec lists and the fine print on price?

Way to exclude people with disabilities, Toshiba

Such a shame. Add this to the list of interesting places on the internet you can’t see on your device. Of course, if you had a Toshiba Tablet, you would enjoy the entire internet. Yep, Flash sites too,” the message reads.

It’s all well and good that Toshiba has decided to poke a little fun at the iPad with this web site. But I have to wonder how the millions of people with disabilities feel about the fact that publishing this site in Flash blocks all of THEIR access to this information as well.

And then there are the people who simply don’t like Flash and would prefer to view information in other forms. Since when did it become cool to dictate to people how they get their information? That sounds like a walled garden approach to me. Doesn’t that usually freak out the “open” people?

So keep on insulting and excluding people while trying to get in a cheap shot, there, Toshiba. That’s a great way to build an audience. See, I thought the web was about making information available to EVERYONE, but maybe you see it differently.

Article: Mobile Flash Fail: Weak Android Player Proves Jobs Right

How bad is mobile Flash? When I went to ABC.com and tried to play a clip, I waited five minutes while the player said “loading.” During that time, it was nearly impossible to scroll around the page or tap objects on it. Eventually, I scrolled up to see a message that was previously obstructed and said  ”Sorry. An error occurred while attempting to load the video. Please try again later.” It gets worse…

I’m going to let this one speak for itself. If you’re still holding out hope that Flash is going to survive in the long term, or that it will ever be a successful part of any mobile platform, go ahead and read the article linked above.