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R.I.P Flash: Adobe Permanently Removing Flash From Google Play TODAY

Eric McBride
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We all knew it was coming, and although some Android users aren’t happy about it, it’s something we simply must accept. Flash support was always something that Android users rubbed in the nose of iPhone fans, and is a feature that made Android unique as an OS. Today the legacy ends. Adobe will remove Flash from the Android market TODAY (in the US), so if you want to get your hands on it to make a backup copy, get it while you still can.

But it’s not all bad. The shift to HTML5 is a good thing, and even though my Chrome for Android app doesn’t support flash, I’m still able to watch videos directly on most of the sites I visit most. Jelly Bean doesn’t officially support Flash, but it seems to run fine on my Galaxy Nexus with 4.1 installed (rooted). So if you really want to download it, today could be your last chance (from the Play Store anyway. You can always sideload the apk file from your internal memory).

Adobe announced that they would stop support of Flash for mobile browsers back in November 2011. They told Zdnet that “Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates".

Adobe will now apparently shift its development more towards HTML5.

So long Flash. It’s been a nice run :-D

Welcome HTML5.

www.codemonkeyx.net (cut and edited by myself)

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  • ljhaye Aug 15, 2012 Link

    Who's to blame for this? I bought an Android phone because they supported flash and i thought that since Andriod had more marketshare and a higher activation rate than than iOS that this would be a strong enough market for Adobe to remain committed to flash. I'm interested in knowing why adobe caved in to Steve Jobs' assertion that flash can't be supported on mobile devices.

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  • Eric McBride Aug 15, 2012 Link

    I don't like it either, but in the long run, the move to HTML5 will be for the better.

    But I also don't like the fact that this whole move by Adobe seemed to happen directly after Steve Jobs dogged it so much.

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  • chinu Aug 15, 2012 Link

    No.......

    whats the use of android then

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  • ljhaye Aug 15, 2012 Link

    That's a great point! I'm not an iPhone hater as iOS pays my bills but i did buy an Android phone for a richer internet experience. If Android is going to follow iOS in abandoning Flash what makes Android different then? I'm also starting to see many OEM's abandoning mirco SD slots on their hardware. If Android wants to get out of the shadow as a percieved copycat OS with copycat OEMs then little things like Flash, removable SD, and removeable batteries need to stay available. Otherwise iphone 5 and the iOS ecosystem become more viable alternatives to educated consumers like me.

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  • Eric McBride Aug 15, 2012 Link

    Well, most of the popular websites like Youtube have already switched over to HTML5. I can use it just fine from Chrome Browser, even though that browser doesn't support flash.

    It was definitely an advantage that Android users had, and migrating to HTML5 could level the playing field for IOS users.

    Grrrrrr...

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  • CJ Brown Aug 16, 2012 Link

    You can still get Adobe Reader, Open Flash, Adobe AIR, various SWF Player - Flash Viewers ... I'm put off by this & I think Google needs to rectify things (I do <3 my Chrome browser vs Internet Explorer ... but I also <3 flash content) .... :-/

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  • Lurker Aug 16, 2012 Link

    The problem with HTML5 is that, it is still a long way off and it cannot do many things that Flash can do. They can't even agree on the video format of choice for HTML5. While Apple and Microsoft are pushing the proprietary H.264 format ( what a surprise ), Google and others like Mozilla and Opera are pushing for the open source WebM format. If H.264 wins this war, God save us and they might start asking us to pay for every video that we share on the web ( although they have said they will not charge anything till 2020 ).

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  • Eric McBride Aug 16, 2012 Link

    @CJ and Lurker- I totally agree guys. 70% of the internet still uses Flash. Unfortunately, Google can't force Adobe to do anything.

    I really hope the format war doesn't turn out anything like the current patent war.

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  • CJ Brown Aug 17, 2012 Link

    @Eric .. a "format war" is exactly what I am concerned about ... for me, Java & Flash are vital parts of web browsers ... I'll be waiting to see how Google handles this ...

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  • Eric McBride Aug 17, 2012 Link

    As will I.

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  • Dvoraak Sep 4, 2012 Link

    Some good points here concerning changes to core Android selling points.
    Hate to point out the obvious here but..... Open source doesn't mean free from greed. I can't explain why Adobe has dropped mobile flash but no technology sticks around forever. As for other things like more units coming without SD slots.... That's obvious. The markup on storage is HUGE. In the beginning Android OEMs were trying to break into a market owned by Apple. Now, for the most part, they've won. It's time to get down to making profits.

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  • Eric McBride Sep 4, 2012 Link

    Good point Dvoraak. Android has a real opportunity to pull ahead, especially if the iPhone 5 doesnt meet expactations.

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  • Dvoraak Sep 4, 2012 Link

    I'm waiting to see if there are other iOS users like me who've just gotten completely bored with it. My wife doesn't understand why I'm going to buy the new Note (she also doesn't think I'll like it). So, here at home, we're 50% bored.

    She may have a point considering I didn't like the Samsung Infuse, Toshiba Thrive or even the TF300 I've bought but I'm determined this time. I'm gonna use that Note 'till I LOVE IT :)

    I really don't expect the sales pattern to continue where the iPhone 5 should outsell all previous models combined. At least, I hope not. The last thing Apple needs is even more of a god complex.

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  • Eric McBride Sep 4, 2012 Link

    Well, in all honesty...i HATED the original Note, but LOVE the new one. IOS simply doesn't evolve enough to keep me interested in it. Somehow, it always remains the same with a few new features added in here and there.

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  • Dvoraak Sep 4, 2012 Link

    "IOS simply doesn't evolve enough to keep me interested in it"

    Exactly

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