Adobe Flash for Android downloaded over a million times

Adobe Flash Logo with Android
Adobe Flash Logo with Android

While it’s impressive to hear, we’re not actually too surprised that Adobe has hit the million download mark for Android.

The Flash player first hit Android in beta form this May and the 1.0 hit in August. We’re sure that the one million download mark must sound like music to Adobe’s ears.

That said, Flash isn’t anywhere as good as it is on a computer but we’re sure that it’s not going to stop many people from downloading the application. As time goes on, Flash for mobile devices should get better. The keyword is “ should“.

As our handsets become more powerful, the app will be able to flex its muscles and provide us with a better experience of Flash. Why? Because Adobe needs this to be something people want and while it’s not horrible, if you go to a mobile optimized site, it’s a little silly to think that the majority of websites will begin to do this in the near future.

Some Flash sites are actually pretty great, run well, and are a joy to view. Other sites that aren’t optimized for mobile are a little less than great and a message saying, “video not optimized for mobile” will be displayed if viewing a video on a non-optimized site. 

This will get better over time and it will become even more of a hit with the Android users, especially when tablets like the Galaxy Tab are released. Adobe has been working pretty hard on Flash for mobile and we don’t think it will stop anytime soon.

Here’s to a million downloads, Adobe, we hope that Flash will get better soon. We’re glad it’s here, but there’s room for improvement, so get to it!

HTML5 may not be anywhere near as ubiquitous as Flash is today but that may change if months go by and if Adobe little to improve its application. We do know that people are willing to give it a try, even if it’s not available for your platform.

Do you think that Flash will run just as well on phones as it does on computers one day? Or is it doomed for failure?

[Via: Phonedog]

  • http://twitter.com/clawsout clawsout

    Sure, Flash on the mobile will one day match Flash on the desktop simply because the computing power of the mobile will increase. Which is not to say that anything Adobe has done to optimize its performance to draw less power, use less RAM etc has/will work… this is what’s sad.

    Adobe can sit on their hands until hardware improves, rather than do the work to improve their own software right now. Meaning Flash will soon be ubiquitous on the mobile and be just as shitty as it is on the desktop.

  • http://twitter.com/clawsout clawsout

    Sure, Flash on the mobile will one day match Flash on the desktop simply because the computing power of the mobile will increase. Which is not to say that anything Adobe has done to optimize its performance to draw less power, use less RAM etc has/will work… this is what’s sad.

    Adobe can sit on their hands until hardware improves, rather than do the work to improve their own software right now. Meaning Flash will soon be ubiquitous on the mobile and be just as shitty as it is on the desktop.

  • http://twitter.com/clawsout clawsout

    Sure, Flash on the mobile will one day match Flash on the desktop simply because the computing power of the mobile will increase. Which is not to say that anything Adobe has done to optimize its performance to draw less power, use less RAM etc has/will work… this is what’s sad.

    Adobe can sit on their hands until hardware improves, rather than do the work to improve their own software right now. Meaning Flash will soon be ubiquitous on the mobile and be just as shitty as it is on the desktop.

  • http://twitter.com/clawsout clawsout

    Sure, Flash on the mobile will one day match Flash on the desktop simply because the computing power of the mobile will increase. Which is not to say that anything Adobe has done to optimize its performance to draw less power, use less RAM etc has/will work… this is what’s sad.

    Adobe can sit on their hands until hardware improves, rather than do the work to improve their own software right now. Meaning Flash will soon be ubiquitous on the mobile and be just as shitty as it is on the desktop.

    • Anonymous

      If you don’t like Flash, don’t use it and quit bitching. If it’s so shitty, why would it be so ubiquitous? If you need to be reminded, nothing is perfect, but Adobe has gotten things right where others haven’t. That’s why there’s no real alternative with the kind of saturation Adobe has with Flash.

      • http://twitter.com/clawsout clawsout

        I don’t use it wherever I can avoid it. And I pretty much can avoid it completely now that every major video site uses the tag with a fallback to Flash for older browsers.

        As to “if it’s so shitty, why is it ubiquitous?” this is like saying “If Malaria is so bad, why do so many people have it?” – it’s not because it’s good, it’s because it’s unavoidable. But thankfully HTML5 offers everyone a vaccination. Viva battery life, security and performance!

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