While most Android users are happy to have Flash on their smartphones, they many have to come to the realization that that may soon change. According to Adobe Flash Player blog, Adobe will discontinue development of Flash for Android 4.1 starting August 15th. Stating precisely that, “There will be no certified implementations of Flash Player for Android 4.1.”
We 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 15th.
Adobe has created a list of certified Android 4.0 and lower smartphones that will run Adobe Flash. These handsets would need to have Flash preinstalled by the manufacturer or downloaded from the Google Play store before August 15th . Those Android handsets that are considered certified will continue to have access to Adobe Flash Player. Adobe also cautions that handsets upgraded from Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) may run into issues when using the Adobe Flash Player. That said, if you are one of the lucky Android owners that will be receiving Android 4.1 Jellybean, Adobe is suggesting uninstalling the Adobe Flash Player.
Having Adobe no longer supporting Flash for mobile does not surprise me. The company announced last November that they would be focusing on HTML 5 instead of Flash for mobile web browsers. After all, HTML5 is going to be the next standard in website development.
So was Steve Jobs right all along?