Sunday, May 15, 2011

The REAL reason you need Flash in a mobile device...

People keep going on about how you don't need Flash on a mobile device because most video sites like YouTube provide HTML 5 flash free versions. Therefore the limitation of no Flash on an iPhone isn't really a limitation (if you have been drinking Steve Jobs' Apple juice/kool aid).

Anyways, last Saturday I found out the REAL reason you need Flash on a mobile device and it has nothing to do with video.

It has to do with restaurant sites.

For some reason at least 80% of restaurants out there have Flash only websites. If you need to make a reservation and you can't find the phone number in Yelp or UrbanSpoon then you have a problem.

In any case, I was trying to find the number for a restaurant and Google gave me a link to their website. Unfortunately, their website is in Flash. Fortunately for me though, my phone is an Android phone and I was able to look up their phone number and address in spite of the limitation.

In general though, having Flash on a restaurant website is annoying. All I want is the address, phone number, a copy of the menu and a few pictures of the interior and the food. The ability to make reservations online is also a plus (not to mention online ordering if it's a take out restaurant).

PS In spite of their lousy Flash only website, I do really recommend the food at Anong Thai in Potts Point, Sydney. It is excellent!

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