Flash on Android beats HTML5 on Android or iOS?

September 18, 2010: 4:22 PM ET

Adobe says that their Flash Mobile app is not only faster than HTML5 but it also uses less power.

Adobe Blogger John Nack posts a video today comparing Flash 10.1 and HTML5 on the eight month old Nexus One and then compares it with the just-released iPod touch which runs the same processor as the iPhone 4.  The original tests can be seen here (and I've run them and got similar results on an HTC EVO 4G and iPhone 4).

The results may surprise you:

  • HTML5 Canvas on iPhone 4G: 22fps
  • HTML5 Canvas on Nexus One: 40fps
  • Flash Player 10.1 on Nexus One: 57fps

Oh, and Flash Player used half as much battery.

If the test results are legit, they would dispel the conventional wisdom of Flash being a battery hog or much slower on mobile devices than HTML 5.

Also, it is interesting to note the speed - in just HTML5 vs. HTML5 - of the older Nexus One vs. the much newer Apple product.

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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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