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Kiss Flash Player Support Goodbye in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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The beginning of the end of Flash Player on Android.

Day one of Google I/O was dominated by Jelly Bean and a couple of days on, the Android community is having fun getting to grips with the latest iteration of the Android OS. The latest discovery is that Android 4.1 isn't Flash friendly.

Back in November, Adobe revealed its plans to focus on Flash for the PC and mobile applications packaged with Adobe AIR. Part of this shift in focus involved the discontinuation of development of Flash Player for mobile browsers. Now it seems the end is nigh for the Flash plugin for Android.

Adobe yesterday announced that Flash Player is not certified for use with Android 4.1 and recommends users with devices running 4.1 uninstall Flash Player. Further, beginning August 15, the company will use the configuration settings in the Google Play Store to limit continued access to Flash Player updates to only those devices that have Flash Player already installed.

"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," the company said. "

If you're not among the lucky few using Jelly Bean, you might be wondering what this means for you and your Ice Cream Sandwich (or lower) phone. Adobe says the easiest way to ensure ongoing access to Flash Player on these devices is to use a certified device and ensure that the Flash Player is either pre-installed by the manufacturer or installed from Google Play store before August 15.

Will it be worth giving up Flash for Android 4.1? Read this: The 9 New Features Coming in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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    kidster3001 , June 30, 2012 12:42 AM
    Why is this a surprise? Last year Adobe said the ICS version of the Flash plugin was the last mobile version they would ever make. Did everyone think it was just "wink-wink, only kidding"?
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    beardguy , June 30, 2012 12:07 AM
    Way to shoot yourself in the foot Adobe. This article should answer the obvious question…why?
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    ricardok , June 30, 2012 12:04 AM
    Am I the only one that will miss Flash?? I do use a lot of flash based websites..
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    shqtth , June 29, 2012 11:33 PM
    I guess Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, uses lemon flavoured jelly beans :o 
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    tacobravo , June 29, 2012 11:39 PM
    Does this make sense?!?!
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    ricardok , June 30, 2012 12:04 AM
    Am I the only one that will miss Flash?? I do use a lot of flash based websites..
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    beardguy , June 30, 2012 12:07 AM
    Way to shoot yourself in the foot Adobe. This article should answer the obvious question…why?
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    kidster3001 , June 30, 2012 12:42 AM
    Why is this a surprise? Last year Adobe said the ICS version of the Flash plugin was the last mobile version they would ever make. Did everyone think it was just "wink-wink, only kidding"?
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    tourist , June 30, 2012 1:32 AM
    welcome to the club android, Adobe screwed us windows mobile users over before already. Now support will go to silverlight and html5. i would advise all web developers to start switching over now.
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    gsacks , June 30, 2012 2:29 AM
    Really, what's the big deal. Flash may be ubiquitous today, but as support dries up, every flash site will move to HTML5 out of necessity. It isn't like there's going to be millions of users out there who can't access flash web sites. Those sites simply won't be flash anymore.
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    killerclick , June 30, 2012 2:47 AM
    This will kill Flash on the desktop as well. Every site that can move to HTML5 will do so, and those that don't will become increasingly irrelevant.

    Of course there's those couple of hundred million that play Zynga games but Zynga will eventually move to HTML5 as well.
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    livebriand , June 30, 2012 5:04 AM
    Who needs Flash on phones anyway? I'll be glad when it dies altogether.
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    mrmike_49 , June 30, 2012 5:37 AM
    livebriandWho needs Flash on phones anyway? I'll be glad when it dies altogether.

    AMEN!

    It is against my religion to allow flash on my pc - can't die soon enough for me
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    DSpider , June 30, 2012 6:34 AM
    I got rid of it 8 months ago on my desktop and haven't looked back since. Good riddance, I'd say.
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    chewy1963 , June 30, 2012 7:35 AM
    The latest flash upgrade for PC's stinks anyway. Constantly crashing and restarting. So HTML5 will be a welcome replacement even on the desktop.
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    lemlo , June 30, 2012 8:41 AM
    Seems Adobe is doing well enough to kill their own product off without the help of html 5 devs. There has to be a marketing twist here somewhere I'm not seeing.
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    Cryio , June 30, 2012 8:53 AM
    I never really had problems in Opera or Firefox. Ok, maybe a few in Opera, but that was happening like 4 years ago. So Flash is rock stable for me.
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    Cryio , June 30, 2012 8:53 AM
    *solid
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    bv90andy , June 30, 2012 9:04 AM
    So this is when using ANY browser? Like skyfire/dolphin/firefox? or just the one that comes with android?


    I use flash daily. I have no idea why everybody is against it... sure, it eats the battery but I still get hours of video on flash websites. (GSII)

    I think it is stupid to support Flash on PC and not support it on mobile devices because then you end up with 2 incompatible sides of the internet.
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    DSpider , June 30, 2012 9:28 AM
    lemloSeems Adobe is doing well enough to kill their own product off without the help of html 5 devs. There has to be a marketing twist here somewhere I'm not seeing.

    They're already doing it with Adobe Edge: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/edge/ - which they've been working on for about a year or so, according to Wikipedia. Like rats, they can smell when the ship is about to sink.
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    scannall , June 30, 2012 12:54 PM
    Good riddance. It's been a giant, buggy security hole just about forever. Time for it to go the way of RealPlayer.
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    NuclearShadow , June 30, 2012 2:45 PM
    Love it or hate it, Flash has played a huge role in the history of the internet. Because of the drop of flash support on mobile devices however this is going to be pain for websites to have to make mobile versions that do not rely on flash if they currently heavily do.

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    techguy911 , June 30, 2012 3:21 PM
    This not only effects phones but tablets,media streamers,e-books, even desktops if you have noticed many games on sites like pogo stopped working and now flash is more unstable as ever it's going downhill fast firefox 13+flash 11.3 =crash on desktops!.
    I hope flash just dies and html5 takes over since it becomes more unstable with every build.
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