Adobe calls time on Flash for Android

Adobe calls time on Flash for Android
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

July 2nd 2012 at 1:54PM

Company confirms web browser plug-in to cease on mobile from August 15th

Adobe had called time on its Flash web player for Android and will cease to update it from August 15th, the company has announced.

The web player will now no longer be certified to run on mobiles operating on Android 4.1, and access through the Google Play Store will limit continued access to Flash player updates.

The company also said that devices that do not have Flash Player installed are increasingly likely to be imcompatible with the platform, and users will not be able to install if from Google Play Store after August 15th.

Adobe first shocked mobile developers in November last year by revealing that it would cease support for its Flash web player in the next major version of Android, 5.0, with its final Flash update occurring last December.

“For the foreseeable future, Flash offers advantages in delivering premium video with content protection, as well as providing a high performance, feature-rich and graphically advanced gaming platform,” the company stated.

“We are focusing our Flash Player efforts around these areas."

The discontinuation will likely result in the increased adoption of the controversial HTML5 platform, which has suffered criticism from developers for being tough to code and possessing a string of broken features.