Originally Posted by Avidfcp
My cousin, who worked for adobe for quite some time, said there was a huge rift between the two companies and one of apples paybacks was the lack of flash on the iPhone that way the user can't watch nearly 90% of streaming content.
That isn’t even close to being correct. Think about it logically. How much do Intel Core CPUs spike when playing something with a low bitrate 480p Hulu video? Too much for a phone with an ARM CPU pushing 412MHz, that’s for sure.
Now look at the iPhone timeline. It was announced over 3 years ago and yet in that time of Adobe blaming Apple for the lack of Flash they are still trying to get Flash out to the mobile OSes. The first Android phone to get Flash was the HTC Hero in July 2009. How long AFTER Android was introduced to the market was that? How long after the iPhone was introduced? Check out a video of how poorly it streams on that device that two years newer than the original iPhone and has a faster CPU and more RAM available to it.
Before you say "Flash has been on phones for years" you can’t count Flash Lite as none of popular streaming video players use that old and crusty version that Flash Lite is based off of, and that is separate from the HW in these devices being physically capable of giving Flash the resources necessary for streaming if they were to have had a proper version of Flash on them.
Adobe dropped the ball a long time when they thought nothing could topple their tower and they still haven’t caught up. We’re going to start seeing Flash on mobile OSes this year as commonplace, but they aren’t making it for Apple or RiM. You have to wonder, if Flash was ready out of the gate and why it wasn’t until 2010 that Flash 10.1 became commonplace on other mobile platforms. A long fraken time after the iPhone and you can’t possibly suggest that Apple kept Flash development off the other platforms.
Adobe is trying desperately to repair their wall before the tidal wave of HTML5 streaming hits but it’s too late. HTML5 video tags with H.264 are the future. Will there is still room for Flash on interactive sites but streaming video will not be one of them. No one is to blame but Adobe.
If I recall correctly the biggest advancements to Flash (ie: H.264, AAC, and HW acceleration) came about as reactions to MS SIlverlight. With MS with Silverlight on one front, and Google and Apple with HTML5 and HTTP Live Streaming on the other, along with Adobe’s internal hubris it’s hard to imagine anyone thinks Adobe has a fighting chance with video streaming.
Hope this is resolved soon and especially hope the tablet will stream any codec.
Any codec? Absolutely not. Even the open source, free Transcoder app Handbrake no longer offers the AVI container and DivX codec due to how poor it is compared to new codecs. You won’t see Ogg Vorbis either. MP4 is where it’s at.(Typed on iPhone, sorry for odd autocorrections)
edit: This review that even with Flash 10.0 on the HTC Hero Hulu video won’t play but somehow that is Apple’s fault all the way back n 2007.