You’ve probably heard by now that Adobe will no longer support Flash Player for mobile devices. (If you hadn’t, check out James Cull’s recent post for the details.)
It was only in last year’s Google I/O keynote that Vic Gundotra said Android was committed to having “the world’s most comprehensive browser”, and noted, “it turns out that, on the Internet, people use Flash“. You’ve probably seen adverts for Android handsets and tablets that mention “the full web”. Flash Player has been one of Android’s checklist selling points… but was it deserved?
I’ve been disappointed with Flash Player on mobile. It runs at a fine speed, but sites often don’t optimise for it; even when trying to watch a simple video, I’ll find that it’s jerky, or that the video can’t be made full screen, or that there’s some other problem that makes the overall experience frustrating. I won’t miss that – at least not on my handset (tablets are a different matter).
I know people have strong opinions about Flash anyway, and would like to see it die out on desktops, too; Steve Jobs’s Thoughts on Flash, with its lies and half-truths, helped to fuel that fire. HTML5 is being hailed as the One True Answer to developing browser-based apps, and it’s true that it has amazing capabilities, and will soon be able to do everything that we currently use Flash for.
But Flash isn’t just a tool for streaming videos and the reason for countless annoying banner ads: Flash does what HTML can do, before HTML can do it. YouTube exists because Flash Player allowed cross-browser streaming video, and it’s only now, six years later, that plugin-free HTML is reaching the same capabilities. In the mean time, Flash has moved on, now focusing on 3D and games, and we’ll have to wait a while longer for HTML to catch up.
So, like I said, for practical purposes I won’t miss Flash Player on my handset. But looking at the broader picture, I feel it’s a great shame that we’ll be restricted to HTML alone on our mobiles and tablets.
CyanogenMod 7 is one of the most popular custom ROMs available for Android phones today. Apart from its great community and fast new feature deployment it also is extremely customisable. With the themes below you can completely change your phone’s look, very easily!
Some of the themes can simply be installed from the Market whereas some others can only be downloaded from XDA. But fret not; getting the themes from XDA onto your phone is as simple as copying them onto your phone and using your File Manager of choice to install it. Than, as with the Market themes, just pick it from Theme Chooser. (more…)
I spent a long time trying to find a valid root guide for my HTC Desire HD on Gingerbread. When I finally did, I ran into a few snags. To help people who wish to root their Desire HD in the future, I’ve written this guide, to try to explain everything clearly so the risk of making a mistake or getting stuck is minimal. (more…)
As a former iPhone user and new Android convert, I miss my iPhone’s built-in music player. Though my new Android has a lot more storage space than my iPhone, I’ve neglected filling it up with music partly due to my lack of enthusiasm over the default player.
The developers of PlayerPro have attempted to create a more fully-featured, attractive, and intuitive music experience to the Android, adding features such as automatic album art downloading, customizable music organization, gesture support, and a variety of widgets for your home or lock screen. (more…)
When Apple announced their iPhone 4S, I (like a lot of people) was underwhelmed. I have always felt that the fact they update every year (or less) is overkill for Apple, as they only have major changes every two years.
There is one feature I am very interested in though, and that is Siri. If it works as well as the commercials make it seem, it’s truly impressive. So I, like any good Android owner, took to the Android Market to see if there were any apps out there similar to Siri. A few weeks ago Sam Cater took a look at Iris, one Siri clone. I figured I’d take a look at Jeannie. (more…)
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I was not the greatest expert on Android phones when I purchased the X2, and will not claim to be that now. When I bought it, I had been using a Sanyo Zio for quite some time, but decided to switch when I read that the X2 boasted the uber-fast Nvidia Tegra 2 chip.
Eventually, after many Froyo nightmares and force-closes, I realized that specs don’t mean everything. The software was nowhere near what it needed to be to make the phone a great device. However, a bit of trolling through XDA’s forums presented to me that light at the end of the tunnel. And that light was the Eclipse ROM. (more…)
Games on mobile platforms have been slowly improving over the past few years. Today, instead of playing games like Jewels, we can run characters through immersive 3D worlds.
One game has caught my attention with its high definition graphics and an interesting theme: Wind-Up Knight. Read on for the full review. (more…)
As Android is doing so well, I thought it was time to put a spanner in the works.
You see, yesterday I was thinking about my phone: an HTC Desire, rooted and running Cyanogenmod 7.1., set up exactly how I like it. With a beautiful wallpaper, and the shortcuts I use most often all on one homescreen, I’ve tweaked my phone down to the minutest detail. But for what benefit? Sure I love doing it, but is it necessary? (more…)
November 9th was a difficult day for Android users round the world. Adobe announced, in a major turn of events, that they will no longer be developing Flash Player for the Android and Blackberry mobile platforms, instead concentrating on alternative media technology such as HTML 5. Android users had to slink away with their tails between their legs, mainly from the surge of smugness coming from users of Apple devices, who were all bursting to say, “Told you so!”.