Flash runs faster and more efficiently than HTML5 on mobile

By Emil ยท 10 replies
Sep 20, 2010
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  1. Flash is faster and much more efficient than HTML5 on mobile phones, according to a post by Web developer Christopher Black. His conclusion is as follows: "HTML5 will sit side by side with Flash. Gradient fonts, drop shadows, basic video and simple transitions are probably better suited for HTML5. When it comes to rendering display objects, animation and digital rights management for video, it would be silly not to use Flash."

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  2. Regenweald

    Regenweald TS Rookie Posts: 143

    HTML5 is a brand new standard, flash has been around for years. Let's give HTML5 some time.
  3. Time to do what? Becoming more efficient with out overhauling it?
  4. anguis

    anguis TS Enthusiast Posts: 85   +12

    thats like saying give windows ME enough time and it will be a better OS than XP.
  5. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,958   +216

    Exept HTML5 is not finnished yet
    Flash has been out on the market for many many years in final version

    HTML5 is still under development
  6. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    HTML 5 has been under development for more than 5 years and it can't do a lot of the things flash does. By the time it catches up, flash will be way ahead of what it is today(flash isn't a static product).

    Content providers will need to force you to instal their own plugin to protect their content. All the major stations, hulu, youtube, netflix, and a lot others. HTML5 has a lot of work to do, I see another 3- 5 years in development.

    With all that said, I get 2 more FPS on the HTML 5 video than the Flash video on my desktop.
  7. LightHeart

    LightHeart TS Rookie Posts: 155

    This sounds like more a debate for developers. End users don't really care as long as their device supports whatever protocols and looks cool.
  8. windmill007

    windmill007 TS Rookie Posts: 308

    HAHA poor Apple.. That will teach you to scorn Adobe.
  9. "HTML5 is a brand new standard, flash has been around for years. Let's give HTML5 some time." Tell that to everyone who bloging HTML5 will rule the day.
  10. Flannelwarrior

    Flannelwarrior TS Rookie Posts: 131

    Just ran the test on my Droid 1, and got 25 FPS with HTML 5 and 50 with Flash. Wow!

    Whatever the case may be with HTML 5 being a newer product, Flash is still obviously the superior protocol for mobile devices at the moment. Also, like Chazz said, while HTML 5 is playing catch-up, Flash will become more powerful as well.

    I read an Apple biased article claiming that Flash was slow, glitchy, and had overall poor performance on sites not optimized for mobile devices. It seems clear to me that over the next 5 years, we will see more and more sites becoming mobile friendly, and mobile hardware becoming more and more powerful. Hell, it's safe to say Droid 2 has TWICE the computing power as Droid 1, and all this development in less than 12 months.

    As long as Flash stays ahead of HTML 5, Flash WILL be the most recognized and supported standard. Apple can choose to alienate Flash and further paint themselves into a corner, but the market has already turned in the favor of Android and I believe this trend will continue if Apple continues to behave in the manner that they have been.
  11. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    This kind of tests are misleading, here they are only testing an animation on a canvas element vs the same animation on Flash. The canvas animation used on this is test is poorly written and a simple optimization made the frame rate double on an iPhone:

    If thery really want to test the performance of Flash vs. HTML5 on mobiles they should not only test canvas animations they should also test video, including HD, and other HTML5 specifications.

    I bet I can write in Flash the same animation to run at low frame rates on a desktop PC.

    People stop believing everything you read!

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