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Adobe Pulling Flash From Android Today



Adobe has announced that it will be pulling its Flash Player app from the Google Play store for Android today, Wednesday August 5.

The developer intends to tinker with the settings of the Flash Player app so that future updates will only be available for devices that already have it installed. So if you don’t have it installed already on your Android device, do it now!

This move is part of Adobe’s previously announced plans to end support for Flash on mobile platforms. There will be no Flash App support for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, or any other Android iterations going forward.

Adobe has conceded that HTML5 is the future of web media content on mobile platforms, and now intends to focus on Flash games, desktop Flash, and Adobe AIR - which enables developers to build stand-alone apps out of Flash content.

Adobe famously hit a major snag in its efforts to bring Flash to mobile when Apple - and in particular Steve Jobs - took a stand against the standard and refused to support it on any of its mobile devices. We’ve all seen those question boxes when encountering certain pieces of video content on our iPhones, but it's become less of an issue as the standard has started to fall out of favour.

Apple’s issues with Flash related to its closed nature and technical performance when it came to battery life demands, security and stability, leading to the company’s early championing of HTML5.

With Android joining Apple on the non-support list, and Windows 8 set to offer only partial support, it seems Flash for mobile isn’t long for this world.

Via The Verge

Hamish Campbell

August 15, 2012, 1:46 pm

Is there any indication from the big news sources that they are actively moving to HTML5? I seem to bang into a lot of audio and video that requires flash when browsing from my phone (bbc for example). Then I have to open with the default android browser to get it to work.

WAgile Guru

August 15, 2012, 7:09 pm

"Apple's issues with Flash related to its closed nature"

Mr. Pot, I'd like to introduce you to Mr. Kettle...


August 15, 2012, 10:43 pm

WAgile Guru - took the words out of my mouth.

The entire web is still dependent on flash content being supported. This is ridiculous. Hardly any content on the web supports HTML5, all news sites are flash based as are so many other forms of entertainment & information supplied on all manner of sites.

This is really going to piss people off! Why oh why it wasn't possible to announce a date in 6-12 months time (6 months ago) when Adobe intended to pull the plug so websites had a deadline to aim for, for the switch over period?

Having purchased a Nexus 7 recently, after just a few hours I found the web experience to be intolerable without flash. First thing I did was root it & load FF and Flash APKs.

Very poor organisation, communication & execution. Hopefully this will spur the accountants into allocating a big chuck of cash to the IT departments to pull their fingers out and get HTML5 widely adopted asap.

Chris 14

August 17, 2012, 7:23 pm

The demise of Flash is Jobs' legacy. He has left the world worse off. Well done Steve!

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