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Understanding Flash on Mobile Devices

Adobe Flash is a huge part of the Internet. In fact, as I write this, Flash Player is installed on more Internet-capable devices than any other software — even for mobile devices, despite Apple's refusal to allow it on their handhelds. When most people think of Flash, they think of animation, but Flash does so much more. Flash Video (FLV) is the prevailing method for delivering digital video content. Many of the fancy animated buttons and menus you see on web pages are made with Flash, and Flash is the driving force behind Internet applications such as online courses, surveys, and many other data-driven applications.

Flash on mobile devices, however, has been a mixed bag. The implantation has been spotty and problematic; one reason is that Flash applications and Flash Player tend to be memory hogs. In addition, up until recently, processors and memory allocations for mobile devices have been relatively underpowered and small.


  

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