A benchmark test carried out by a developer has revealed that Flash 10.1 performs better on mobile phones than HTML5.
The test was carried out by developer Christopher Black who wanted to find out which platform was best for developing a cross-platform game.
It involved a single bouncing black ball and showed that despite Flash’s reputation for performing sluggishly, it still bests HTML5 on both Android and iPhone 4.
Flash outperformed HTML5 by rendering the animation at 57 frames per seconds, 29 per cent faster than HTML5 on the Nexus One and a staggering 81 per cent faster than HTML5 on the iPhone 4, which managed only 22 frames per second.
No matter how small or insignificant, the finding is surely a slap in the face for ardent Flash critics, most notably Apple boss Steve Jobs himself, who has repeatedly snubbed Flash access on iOS devices. And it’s not helped by the fact that even the Nexus One runs HTML5 better than the iPhone 4.
To add insult to injury, the test also revealed that despite being faster Flash also consumes half as much as battery power than HTML5 across the board.
HTML5’s less-than-desirable showing could very well be due to the fact it is still a new platform, but the fact remains that Flash is still the king for animated content on mobile phones.