So much for the flashy flash

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will not have Flash, say Adobe

Chris Mayer

In the aftermath of Google’s big reveal, Adobe say they’re not going to be part of it.

The end is nigh for Adobe Flash Player on mobile devices.
Having already
said they were entirely
focusing on Windows and Mac development with AIR, Adobe have stated
they won’t be playing any part in Google Android 4.1, ‘Jelly

Issuing an official statement on their blog,

Adobe reiterated that there will
be no certified implementations of Flash Player for Android
and that they would be
discontinuing any
future mobile browser development. This means we won’t be seeing
any future updates for Android/Flash capabilities through Google
Play. Whilst installing Flash on the incoming raft of Jelly Bean
devices might still be possible, any future tinkering will be down
to the developers, with no
support from Adobe.

Adobe issued some advice for anyone confused about future
Flash offerings:

The easiest way to ensure ongoing access to Flash Player
on Android 4.0 or earlier devices is to use
and ensure that the Flash Player is either
pre-installed by the manufacturer or installed from Google Play
Store before August 15th. If a device is upgraded from Android 4.0
to Android 4.1, the current version of Flash Player may exhibit
unpredictable behavior, as it is not certified for use with Android
4.1.  Future updates to Flash Player will not work.  We
recommend uninstalling Flash Player on devices which have been
upgraded to Android 4.1.

It’s clear then, that Flash is dying a slow death – at least on
mobile platforms. This withdrawal from the latest Android OS
signals the end natively for Flash. HTML5 here we come!

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