MG Siegler on Adobe’s cure to save power on mobile devices. Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch in Fast Company:
It’s a false argument to make, of the power usage. When you’re displaying content, any technology will use more power to display, versus not displaying content.
This is why Adobe is hated (besides building bloated, crash happy software). They’re unreasonable. Or, deluded. Or both. Siegler:
So displaying content uses more power than not displaying content? That’s really the argument he’s using? Why not just say: if your computer is on, it will use more power than if it’s not on?
If you used HTML5, for example, to display advertisements, that would use as much or more processing power than what Flash uses.
See? This would be a good opportunity to show the world that Flash uses less CPU than comparable HTML5 ads. Where’s the proof, Adobe? What’s the real issue here? Siegler:
The real issue here isn’t really using Flash to display content. It’s that when Flash is just running in the background on websites, it is biting off a huge chunk of battery life — up to 33 percent. That’s ridiculous.
And that’s what Adobe fails to address. Flash running on a browser sucks up a lot of power, so much so that fans kick in, heat increases, battery drains. Adobe’s solution to save battery life? Don’t turn on your PC.