Adobe Systems has triumphantly demoed its Flash Player 10.1 running on Motorola’s Droid X handset, with the corresponding leg up on Apple.
Ted Patrick, one of the company’s senior technology evangelists, is seen on this 2:43 minute Youtube video of Motorola’s upcoming Droid X Android-based smartphone, running some nifty Flash 10.1 applications. As an exercise in “rubbing your nose in it”, it’s all there. A clever World Cup app to tell us how England washed out in the World Cup 2010, a few flash-based games and some simple vector management that scales graphics to full screen (all 4.3-inches) with the tap of a finger. However, we must point out a few caveats:
First is the fact that Ted Patrick is an evangeliser, no harm in that, but his job is to draw in new converts based on the features and capabilities of said devices, that is, the eye candy. Despite the Droid X’s 1GHz CPU muscle, it does seem that Adobe's Flash Player is pretty calculation intensive. This becomes clear when you’re left gawking at the stuttering World Cup app. One can only imagine that other, more feeble smartphones won't like it too much.
The other detail worth mentioning is that it looks like a battery-vampire, that it is, a permanently intensive app, so we have absolutely no idea how this will wreak havoc on your device’s battery life, and believe us, battery life is not something you're willing to gamble on. We'd say this calls for a demo in and of itself.
On the other hand, it’s good to see that Motorola, almost having hung up its handset boots early last year, has come up with the likes of the Droid X and simultaneously stuck it to Apple with the inclusion of Flash Player 10.1 on its devices. Adobe hasn't submitted to the fact that Steve Jobs shut it out, and with Android devices on the rise this looks like a sound strategy.
On a side note, Adobe’s serial evangeliser said that Android 2.2 will be capable of Flash 10.1 playback, come late summer, which is when Motorola will launch the Droid X. So maybe, just maybe, if Adobe plays its cards right, come back to school time, kiddywinks will be looking at the Droid rather than the latest fruit themed device as their preferred plaything. µ