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Adobe Flash Player being Discontinued on Android Devices

Believe it or not, Adobe has decided to slowly discontinue Flash Player for Android starting this August which means it’s only a matter of time before websites using Flash will start looking somthing like this on Android Mobile and Tablets…

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After the whole noise made about Flash being present on Android and unavailable on the iPhone and iPad, it would seem that things are going in the HTML5 direction.

According to a post on the Adobe blog, Flash Player will not be developed for Android’s next version, 4.1 (or, as many already know it, Jelly Bean), and starting August 15, you won’t be able to install it from the Google Play store. So, if you’re planning on downloading it, just in case, you should do it now before it vanishes.

Once downloaded, you’ll still get updates to flash on your Droid however if you upgrade from Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, to Jelly Bean (4.1), updates won’t work and Adobe warns users that since the current version is not certified to work with 4.1, it may show some unpredictable behavior. Still, even if there won’t be certified implementations of Flash for Android 4.1, I would think that some developers will try to adapt it (unofficially).

Why the drop of support for Adobe? Adobe says it will focus its efforts on Flash for PC browsing and mobile apps packaged with Adobe AIR.

Now, I don’t know if this shows that Steve Jobs was right about Flash all along, but he certainly would have had a good laugh if he would have still been here with us.

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5 Responses to Adobe Flash Player being Discontinued on Android Devices

  1. Steve Krause June 29, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    The only flash I used to care about was on YouTube… Now i’m not sure I care since most things have gone HTML5.

  2. Cat McGowan June 30, 2012 at 6:01 am #

    The demise of Flash comes as no surprise, it has been a long time coming. But what is really needed is the demise of the word “basically”. Seriously, why the unnecessary insertion of “basically” in your first sentence? Use of the word has become epidemic! It has reached the point to where you cannot read or listen to anything or anyone without having to suffer the excessive use and too often misuse of the word. Stop it! Stop it now!

  3. Jamr June 30, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I feel the same about the useless spewing of the sentence “That being said” or “That said”. Yes I know it was said I just heard it! Stop it, Stop it now!

  4. Paul Fullilove July 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    I’m not of the opinion that “most things have gone to HTML5”. As a matter of fact most sites are still using XHTML. I thing the correct thing to say is that most mobile browsers are supporting some part of the specification of HTML5. With Opera now supporting webkit CSS3 vendor prefixes the entire landscape is up in the air. The video and canvas tags are implemented differently on each browser, PC and mobile. IMHO Flash will remain around longer than some people think.

    • Austin Krause July 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

      Yup, Flash is going to be around for 3-4 more years at the soonest. I’d love to see it gone as fast as possible, but that just isn’t realistic. When you consider that a good 1/4 of the world is still using IE6, it puts things into perspective.

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