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Do We Really Want Flash On Our BlackBerrys?

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?

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  1. Obviously it’s slower to load Flash than to not load Flash, but you don’t have to load every Flash element, you can choose which to load. Good point, though: I don’t really want Flash on my existing clunky RIM hardware, I want better hardware.

  2. I don’t want video. I don’t watch video. I want a full web experience. So I need flash.

  3. Yes, I want flash, but I know it would kill my Tour so not on my current BlackBerry please. Everyday that passes makes me realize the only thing I really love about my BB anymore is its keypad, which I’m starting to think I’ll give up for the awesomeness of Android 2.2.

    All this video demonstrates that there should be an easy way to turn Flash on or off, and that the current RIM browser is not even in the realm of competitors because its not even mentioned.

    Sad, sad, I’ve had a blackberry for over 6 years and am almost ready to throw in the towel.

  4. agrees with KMAN ability to turn it on and off is essential.

  5. Not that bothered about Flash ads, but having AIR on a mobile device opens up a world of possibilities.

  6. I am highly against integrated flash on mobile devices (having come from s60)… It easily has as many or more drawbacks than it does benefits.

    Standalone is fine, where you can load the .flv or .swf file of your choice.

  7. FLASH NEEDS TO BE PUT ON THE BLACKBERRY I’ve BEEN WAITING FOR YEARS AND WHEN SKYFIRE CAME AROUND IT WAS SO EXCITING TO BE ABLE TO PLAY VIDEOS FROM THE WEBSITE RIGHT ON THE PHONE WITHOUT HAVING TO GO TO THE MOBILE VERSION OF THE PAGE AND SAVING THE VIDEO JUST TO WATCH IT. ALSO BRING BACK TABBED BROWSING TO THE OS. WHEN ONE PAGE IS LOADING GO TO ANOTHER WITHOUT LOOSING YOUR WORK. I LOVE MY BLACKBERRY 9700 AND I DON’T WANT TO GO AWAY FROM IT BECAUSE THEY WANT TO KEEP POSTPONING FLASH AND OTHER SMALL THINGS TO MY DEVICE. JUST GIVE IT ALREADY. I DON’T WANT TO HAVE TO BUY THE EVO FROM SPRINT

  8. I personally have no desire to further degrade my BlackBerry performance with Flash. Let us turn it off like we can turn off JS now. My god, JS and Flash both enabled on a BlackBerry? Ugh. Its really bad on a 1.6GHz netbook with a gig of RAM, it would be awful on a BlackBerry with 1/4 or 1/8 the RAM and 1/3 the CPU.

    I do all my PC browsing now in Chrome with FlshBlock, so I personally could care less about Flash. Probably the ONLY thing Steve Jobs and I would agree about.

  9. I hope flash comes quick I’m tired of not having access to porn on my blackberry if this doesn’t happen by july when my contract is up I will move to android 2.2 even tho I hate touch screens maybe I can find one with a slide out keyboard and trackpad. I will miss my blackberry 8320 its been such a good phone for almost 2 years now and still looks new cause of the case I put on and I haven’t even taken the plastic off the screen yet. But maybe this is a sign for us to move on till RIM pickes up pace or skyfire comes for the blackberry.

  10. And don’t tell me you wouldn’t like to stream porn on your phone when ur board your just too shy to admit it I walk right into tmobile and ask them which phones I can watch porn on cause I know what I want and that’s why I get the ladies.

  11. I used to want flash on my blackberry to view YouTube videos, with html5 and the ipad, flash is dying, websites are removing flash quickly.

    To view youtube videos on blackberry there are several good youtube apps now, such as this one http://www.smarter-apps.com

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