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.”