Over the last few months there has been a bit of turmoil about Adobe’s Flash on mobile devices. With Apple rejecting Flash on their iPad and iPhone in favor of HTML5 Adobe has been working hard to get Flash on other mobile devices. So far they have BlackBerry, Android, and other phones planned for Flash sometime this year.
The reason I ask if we really want Flash on our BlackBerrys is because Flash is a SERIOUS resource hog. On my PC and Mac Flash apps make my CPU spike over 100% on a regular basis. What would it do to my already sluggish BlackBerry? Especially with multiple tabs open… RIM cannot even make native apps that run without hourglass-ing how will they withstand the demands Flash puts on a system?
The only reason I really want Flash on my BlackBerry is to support streaming videos. RIM barely supports 3GPP streams right now and even they take forever to load. Still it would be awesome if all Flash video sites worked on my 9700. But it feels like a dream… This all came came to roost today when the team at PocketNow (via Gizmodo) did a speed test of Android 2.2 with and without Flash comparing it to an iPhone 3GS, and Opera Mobile 10 on a HTC HD2. The results? Without Flash Android takes the cake and wins all tests. With Flash it goes to the bottom of the roundup.
The Flash plugin for Android is still in beta but the results are not promising… What do you think? Will BlackBerry OS 6 be able to handle Flash? If it can why do you want it?