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DOH! Adobe Confirms That Chrome For Android Will NEVER Get Flash

Authored by: Eric McBride — Feb 8, 2012
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This is messed up. I woke up this morning to the great news that Google had FINALLY released Google Chrome for Android, and I quickly installed it on my HTC Sensation and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. After using it for just a couple of hours, I can quickly say that it's now my daily driver, and I'm honestly very impressed with it, especially on my tablet! But then what happens? I receive reports of the terrible truth of Adobe officially confirming that Chrome for Android will NEVER get flash support.

WHAAAAAAAAAT??? Google...I love you...really I do...but I'm about to go on a bit of a rant......You have GOT to be joking. How is it possible that Android has been out for so long and has became the most popular OS in the world only to finally see Chrome, YOUR BROWSER, come out in late 2012? But more importantly, how is it possible that you finally decide to release the Android app KNOWING GOOD AND WELL that Adobe  dropped mobile flash support near the end of 2011? Wouldn't it have made more sense to work with them to get Chrome out BEFORE they decided to drop mobile flash support? Having Flash is one of the biggest things that make us stand out from IOS users, and is one of the key selling points on what makes Android awesome. But releasing (finally) Chrome, YOUR BABY, WITHOUT Flash support makes absolutely no sense at all.

I know I'm no marketing guru in compared to the people you have working there, but don't you realize how many people will uninstall or not use this long awaited app because of this? Surely you must have known that? Releasing it for ICS devices was already a big enough risk, as only a little over 1% of Android users are running it, but the news of no Flash is simply just too much. I mean think about it logically...the native Android browser, which has been around forever, supports flash. But YOUR browser, the one we have all been waiting for.... the browser that should be nothing more than better in every way as the stock brower doesn't? **falls over**

I'm gonna continue to use and enjoy Chrome on my devices as much as I can, and I'm going to do that because it's AWESOME. But knowing I'll also have to keep another browser installed just for viewing Flash content on my phone or tablet is disappointing to say the least. All I can say is:

Source: Slashgear

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  • chinu Feb 9, 2012 Link to comment

    sad.......... :(

  • Eric McBride Feb 9, 2012 Link to comment

    Exactly Red. Flash for mobile devices is no longer a project that Adobe still works on.

  • red Feb 9, 2012 Link to comment

    I can't see DL chrome then.

    BTW: excuse my ignorance, but this article says to me any new flash program is not being supported as of this year. If that is the case, I should not expect the Flash app to be updated?

  • chinu Feb 8, 2012 Link to comment

    Correct.............. hope they realize very soon ( importance of self developed product which is fav of all since its debut )............

  • Eric McBride Feb 8, 2012 Link to comment

    LOL...either that or they have went down the Apple route and so firmly believe that HTML5 is the future that they abandon the 70% of the internet that still uses flash :)

  • chinu Feb 8, 2012 Link to comment

    I think, Adobe wants to make loss coz tired of making profit... :P

  • Eric McBride Feb 8, 2012 Link to comment

    Fair enough, but Google and Adobe had a partnership, and Im sure Google knew that flash would be dropped in plenty of time to hurry up and get Chrome for Android up and running well before support was dropped.

    If they knew it would never be supported, it makes no sense to release it, as its a step backwards, not forward.

  • Aaron Tilton Feb 8, 2012 Link to comment

    I wouldn't place too much blame on Google's shoulders as they can't control what Adobe does with their products but maybe the molding community can come up with a work around? I doubt flash will be open source but maybe they can find a way to incorporate flash compatibility from older Android version....

  • Eric McBride Feb 8, 2012 Link to comment

    LOL..I hope so! This just cant be!!!!

  • chinu Feb 8, 2012 Link to comment

    Sounds like Android without Google.

    Eric, dnt worry dude. Soon you might hear good news