If you have not heard or you have nothing to do with content creation on the web you can disregard this post. On the other hand if you have anything to do with content creation on the web no matter if you are a designer or a developer you are going to want to pay attention to this release.
It is faster with a larger screen, plays Flash content and has upgradeable memory to name a few of the advantages over its competition. No this is not a cartoon character it is the Neofonie WePad. Never heard of them, me either but it looks like they could be a contender! Check out the specs at the bottom of the pdf located at the preceding link.
All to often marketing rhetoric is mistaken for technical reality. One one hand we hear Steve Jobs tell the world that Flash does not work well on their devices and with the other hand he is making sure that it does not by denying Flash access to the ability that they retain for only their applications and technology. It is becoming more and more difficult to make these claims as the Open Screen Project is beginning to have an effect. We are starting to see the results of this effort in devices such as the up coming HP Slate. In addition there are a few people that have taken up the gauntlet and did a little research to better understand the issue. I hope you take a look but if you do not an article by Dan Rayburn summarizes the results very well:
“When it comes to efficient video playback, the ability to access hardware acceleration is the single most important factor in the overall CPU load. On Windows, where Flash can access hardware acceleration, the CPU requirements drop to negligible levels.
Overall, it’s inaccurate to conclude that Flash is inherently inefficient. Rather, Flash is efficient on platforms where it can access hardware acceleration and less efficient where it can’t. With Flash Player 10.1, Flash has the opportunity for a true leap in video playback performance on all platforms that enable hardware acceleration.
Apple complaining about Flash being a CPU Hog while not exposing “the appropriate hooks” to enable Adobe to access hardware acceleration seems disingenuous at best.”
Thanks to Dan Rayburn for the lucid approach to this political topic!
I am very impressed with HP of late. I am currently using an HP laptop (EliteBook 8730) and love it. I recently watched a video preview of the HP Slate and I have to say that it looks impressive. As with any device the proof is in the use but as a preview it looks good. This is the first of many devices that will support the full web (Flash enabled) this year. The result of a very successful venture called the Open Screen Project.
I have to say that I have seen and heard just about every kind of response possible regarding Flash support on the iPhone. I had friends call that work for Apple and ask why Adobe could not get Flash to work on the iPhone. I have had people tell me over and over from within Adobe that it was coming any day now. The reality is that there is only one reason that there is no Flash support on the iPhone, I will give you a hint, it has nothing to do with technology.
The good news is that I am not alone and that there are number of posts and blogs that are echoing my feelings about this issue.