Rating: No Adobe Flash support means no webcams
An enormous gap in the Windows Phone 7 (W7 Mango) OS which we thought had been fixed a long time ago has just caught us out. Unlike our rival publications, GoMobile News actually eats its own cooking. So we were trying to view a live webcam feed on our Nokia Lumia 800 W7 Mango smartphone. After hours of messing around, we discovered that Adobe still hasn’t created a version of Flash for WP7 – even though it was rumoured to be working on such an offering as long ago as 2010. The net effect was that we couldn’t view a webcam feed on our Mangophone despite our best efforts. If WP7 wants to oust Android, then it has got to do a lot better than this.The circumstances which cause GoMobile News to discover this particular gaping hole in Microsoft’s WP7 mobile OS centred around an attempt to view a webcam.
The webcam in particular we wanted to view can be found here.
Very quickly, however, we discovered that the vast majority of webcams employ Adobe’s Flash technology so we couldn’t even find a webcam feed viewable on WP7.
Previously, GoMobile News has criticised certain failings with the Nokia Lumia 800 handset but this is the first time we’ve noticed a major omission in WP7 itself.
We can only speculate that given stories about Adobe intending to support WP7 emerged back in 2010, everyone assumed that two years later the product would have emerged. No such luck.
You may be wondering how we got around the crisis? Bizarrely, we took advantage of the fact that the latest release of WP7 now supports tethering (which it calls Internet sharing).
So we powered up our trusty Samsung netbook and connected to the Net via the handset’s Orange 3G link.
Now GoMobile News is well aware of the tensions between Adobe with Flash; Microsoft with Silverlight; and apple with Quicktime over web display technology.
But a hole like this is inexcusable after two years. Microsoft & Adobe need to kiss and make up.
Incidentally, if you are wondering why we need to view that webcam, it’s because a close associate of GoMobile News was appearing in a performance of David Copperfield at the theatre.
And Cornwall is a long way away from London. Luckily the play is on for the rest of this week.