updated 06:50 pm EST, Wed February 24, 2010
Devs claim 3 hours of Flash video playback
Following a video preview of Flash running on a Nexus One, Adobe has rebuffed claims that the software slashes battery life. Several bloggers, including Daring Fireball's John Gruber, observed that the battery charge indicator dropped from the 50 percent level down to 25 percent during the eight minute video. The preview was edited, however, making it unclear how long the team actually used the phone during filming.
To refute the battery claims, Adobe has created another video showing a 17-minute YouTube movie which does not appear to significantly drain the battery. The battery usage chart suggests the browser only accounted for six percent of the drain while the movie was playing.
Adobe claims Flash Player 10.1 enabled video playback for "well over" three hours on a fully-charged battery. Google lists a playback time of seven hours for locally stored videos on the Nexus One, without taking into consideration the browser and Wi-Fi or 3G connection necessary for Flash content.