Not that shocking: Flash on Android called “Shockingly Bad”

GigaOM teammates Ryan Lawler of NewTeeVee and one Kevin C. Tofel of jkOnTheRun provide commentary and video showing off Kev’s Nexus One running Android 2.2 Froyo and Adobo Flash 10.1. Or at least trying to run Flash 10.1. The results are not good, but are they “shockingly bad”?

Kevin runs through several sites, including ABC, Fox, and Metacafe, with no real luck. He gets stuck on the first. Another gets the Hulu “we don’t support mobile devices” block. The videos that do work run poorly.

There are a few ways to look at this. First is Ryan’s assessment that (real) Flash still isn’t ready for mobile devices. I would point out, however, that the Nexus One is no longer the belle of the Android ball. Eight months is barely long enough to bring a child into the world (prematurely), but it’s a long time in the smartphone market. Kev’s N1 may be sadly obsolete despite rocking a 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

That said, I run Flash video on my media PC with 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Quad processor and 4GB of ram just about every day, and the experience isn’t that great either. Videos play consistently, but I’d say about 20% of the time, something weird or odd happens. Audio drops out of sync. Ads get stuck. Just last week, I watched an entire episode of The Daily Show with the “Press ESC to exit full screen” message on the screen the whole time. 20% doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you watch 2-3 videos a day (TDS and The Colbert Report, plus others), it adds up to a problem every other day. For comparison, Flash-based Hulu works much more consistently for me than the Comedy Central videos, and I’ve run into only one problem with Silverlight-based Netflix.

But again, while the results of Kevin’s video are clear, they are open to interpretation. If you’ve had better luck with Flash 10.1, let us know.