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