ADOBE HAS CHANGED its mind over whether Android users should be able to use Flash on their smartphones and tablets, and has reinstated the browser plug-in on the Google Play store.
Just over two weeks ago, Adobe removed the Flash app from the Google Play store. Adobe announced its plans to cease development of Flash for mobile platforms last November, explaining that it would concentrate instead on HTML5.
However on Thursday this week, the Flash app was available again in the Google Play store, reportedly due to pressure from media firms that still rely on the Adobe runtime environment such as the BBC. But Android users will need to get in quick to get the app downloaded.
"Flash Player continues to be available on Google Play for users in the UK for a short while due to requests from strategic partners. It is expected to be removed soon," Adobe told The INQUIRER.
Adobe declined to say how long Flash will remain available.
On the Flash download page on the Google Play store, Adobe adds, "Note: Flash Player is no longer being updated for new device configurations. Flash Player will not be supported on any Android version beyond Android 4.0x."
So anyone hoping to quickly get in and download Flash for their Nexus 7 tablet or any of the upcoming Android devices unveiled at IFA this week will be out of luck, as Flash won't be supported by any devices running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or beyond.
We managed to download Flash onto our Samsung Galaxy S3 running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but when we tried to download the app on our Google Nexus 7 running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, we were greeted with a message saying it isn't supported on that device.
For those able to use Flash on their current Android device, Adobe recommends ditching the app before upgrading to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
"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," Adobe said.
"Future updates to Flash Player will not work. We recommend uninstalling Flash Player on devices which have been upgraded to Android 4.1." µ