Adobe has put Android users on notice that its mobile Flash player is nearing closer to death with the release of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. In a blog post published today, Adobe reminded users that the company is phasing out support for Flash Mobile in favor of Adobe AIR, so don’t expect to see Flash support on their new devices.
In fact, Adobe won’t even let most new devices access Flash after this summer. Beginning August 15, Adobe will use Google Play settings to block access to Flash Player for devices that do not already have it installed. The company went on to say that because Flash will not be certified for use with Jelly Bean and “may exhibit unpredictable behavior…we recommend uninstalling Flash Player on devices which have been upgraded to Android 4.1.”
Consider this the least shocking news you’ll hear this week. Adobe made it clear months ago that Flash on Android was a dying feature. The company has ceased non-essential security maintenance and left Flash to await the eventual date when most current users upgraded their devices and were no longer able to access it. That date appears to be closer now as the certification process which is required for Flash to work properly will not be extended to Android 4.1. Flash is currently installable on the Nexus 7, but there’s little incentive to considering that the default browser, Chrome for Android, doesn’t support it.
Current Flash users will be able to continue using the app, but we’re clearly heading towards a point where the app will be very unstable and unavailable through official channels. You’ll likely be able to sideload Flash onto new devices, but it may not be a pretty experience for 4.1 devices. On the bright side, most of you won’t even get Jelly Bean for several months, so you won’t have to worry about this issue for a while. You’ll have to pull the plug eventually, however, so pray for a rapid acceleration of HTML5 deployment.
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