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Adobe Flash bids farewell to Android

Flash app removed from Google Play
Wed Aug 15 2012, 10:13
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ADOBE FLASH PLAYER is no longer available to download from Google Play, a move that signals the end of Flash for Android.

Adobe announced the move back in November, saying that it wouldn't support mobile going forward. As of today, the Adobe Flash Player app is no longer available for download from the Google Play store, and Flash won't be supported by any devices running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

We tried to download it on our Google Nexus 7, but were greeted with a message saying it wasn't supported on that device.

"Devices that do not have Flash Player already installed are increasingly likely to be incompatible with Flash Player and will no longer be able to install it from the Google Play Store after August 15," Adobe said in an blog post.

"The easiest way to ensure on-going access to Flash Player on Android 4.0 or earlier devices is to use certified devices and ensure that the Flash Player is either pre-installed by the manufacturer or installed from Google Play Store before August 15.

"If a device is upgraded from Android 4.0 to Android 4.1, the current version of Flash Player may exhibit unpredictable behaviour, 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."

Adobe's plan not to continue developing Flash for mobile comes as it shifts to developing for HTML5, after realising that this has quickly become the format that will be consistently used across the mobile industry. µ


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