Since DevCon back in October of last year RIM has said that Flash is coming to the BlackBerry OS in the summer of 2010 and people have been waiting for it. There have been quite a few delays and Adobe split hairs nice and thin with excuses. I asked back in May if we really want Flash on our BlackBerrys considering how sluggish things already are with the 624mhz processors RIM has limited the BlackBerry OS to. Don’t get me wrong I would love to be able to watch videos from the hundreds of Flash video streaming sites out there but I doubt it will be as easy or simple as that.
Flash video for mobile devices got another nail in its coffin from a video review posted by NewTeeVee. They tested out the latest build of Flash for Android on a 1Ghz Snapdragon powered Nexus One and according to them the results were “shockingly bad.” Anybody surprised? I would describe the performance of Flash on my 2.8Ghz laptop as “shockingly bad” so how does a mobile device stand a chance.
I will be quick to point out that these video streams tested out were designed for desktops and not optimized for mobile viewing. The thing is that the whole point was to bring the desktop Flash experience to mobile devices. If you have to optimize it for mobile devices then you have cut away much of its appeal.
So I thought I would ask again. Are you excited about Flash for BlackBerry support? Alternatively I think it would be better if they found a way to stream directly to mobile phones like YouTube does…