Adobe Flash 10.1beta for Android in 2010? Underwhelming? Flash 10.2 for Android in 2011?

There’s a saying that the more things change the more things stay the same. Case in point? Adobe Flash for Android. Last may I wrote about Flash 10.1 beta for Android OS 2.2 phones.

Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta for Android OS 2.2 an Underwhelming Experience

This week, InfoWorld’s Neil McAllister wrote:

Flash on Android: Look but don’t touch

Neil’s finding with Flash 10.2 on Android OS 3.0 (Honeycomb) mirrors my experience last year with 10.1-beta on OS 2.2.

- Hulu still doesn’t work on a mobile device with Flash
- Flash for Android doesn’t scale bitmap images well (such as bitmap text)
- Flash for Android doesn’t work well in a touch display environment
- Flash for Android doesn’t work with Adobe’s Acrobat.com site

He concludes that Flash support offers no reason for buying a Xoom instead of an iPad. If you were hoping the Flash player would enable a whole new world of content, you will be disappointed. Flash sites on Android devices are utterly hit or miss. And if you’re deploying Flex applications for your business to be accessed on mobile devices, my advice is to switch to HTML immediately.

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