Flash on Android is pants

While some have claimed that the availability of Flash on Android devices makes it a killer, over the iPhone, it appears that it is not very good.

Mobile expert Kevin Tofel has been testing Flash on his Nexus One and it appears that it is completely pants.

True Tofel is doing his demo for an Apple site called GigaOM where his demo video sits alongside articles with headlines like “Why hasn’t Apple taken the tablet market”.

However the demo video shows Tofel connected to his local Wi-Fi network in his home, which features a 25-Mbps Verizon FiOS broadband connection, so connectivity shouldn’t be an issue. Furthermore, the Nexus One sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1Ghz processor, so it should have plenty of horsepower for loading video on the device.

Videos are slow to load, if they loaded at all and everything was inconsistent.

While trying to load an episode of Wipeout on ABC’s mobile site, he received an error message urging him to “try again later.” An attempt at viewing new ABC show Rookie Blue was only slightly more successful, as he was able to load a Toyota ad before the player froze up.

One thing we noticed was that there was no indication that the sites had been optimised for mobile. In fact one Fox site warned viewers that the video being shown was “not optimized for mobile.”

The video is interesting and proves a point that Flash sites are not ready for mobile content yet.

However the article attempts to say that Steve Jobs was right to eschew Flash in lieu of HTML5 on the iPhone and iPad, which is not the same thing at all.