updated 08:50 pm EDT, Tue August 31, 2010
Software still appears to be problematic
While many Android users await the official Flash 10.1 release for their smartphones, tests of the only final version, limited to the Nexus One, suggest the player is still problematic when attempting to load and play videos. A GigaOM video shows Flash running on a Nexus One outfitted with Android 2.2. Most videos failed to load, while others were extremely choppy.
The overall experience was described by the host as "shockingly bad," despite a Wi-Fi connection to 25Mbps FiOS broadband. Attempts to play videos on ABC's mobile site encountered error messages and freeze, while a Bones episode, described as "more like a slideshow," provided a notification that the video was not optimized for mobile.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs had been vocal regarding the reasons for omitting Flash from the iPhone and iPad. The executive claimed the software would make the mobile devices unstable, while Adobe was accused of repeatedly delaying the mobile release and never verifying that it could run properly.
Adobe had originally suggested mobile Flash would arrive early in 2009, however it still remains in beta development for many Android 2.2-based handsets. It is unclear if the reliability issues will be resolved in future updates.