Back when Android was young, one of the big things that set it apart from iOS was its ability to run the mobile version of Adobe Flash in the browser. This was available for Android users once Froyo (Android 2.2) was launched. While watching YouTube videos in the browser was handy, at first the images were choppy and hard to view. As the hardware improved and Adobe continued to update the software, videos became smoother and easier to watch. Still, the app does eat a ton of memory and last November Adobe decided to stop development of the application for mobile devices.
Adobe shows off mobile Flash, May 2010
Over the last few months, Adobe has continued to send out updates even though the proverbial writing was on the wall. And with the Chrome for Android browser not providing support for Flash, Adobe has decided that it will pull the app from the Google Play Store on Wednesday. In other words, today is the very last day that you can install Adobe Flash on your Android model. Obviously HTML5 is the future and Adobe will be turning in that direction with its resources.
Its kind of sad that they are completely taking it out but its good at the same time because HTML5 is what browsers mostly will be using in the future. I have a GS3 and i can say that not having flash sometimes is hard cuz some contents cant be viewed but the trade off is a smoother and faster web browser. And im sure soon all web sites will use HTML5 so it shouldnt be a problem for long.
I forgot to install Flash after the data reset and haven't felt any difference on browsing. Also, above mentioning Flash as a CPU hog, I wouldn't have a thing installed and I didn't feel the advantage of it.
I still don't understand why people keep saying steve jobs predicted the future. he made the users of iOs suffer and lost good number of his users due to his decision of not including flash in the iOs. and now adobe decided to terminate their service, that decision completely has nothing to do with steve jobs, like anything on earth (everything will come to an end some day) and yet some people relate the flash discontinue to Steve jobs or steve jobs predicted that or even steve jobs win, thats completely nonsense. its not like steve jobs developed HTML5.
actually it has everything to do with jobs and apple and how pussy Adobe is. Adobe should have been strict on their stance of flash and threatened supporting their apps like photoshop and premiere on the mac platform if apple didnt concede, instead they wholeheartedly gave in to apple's demands and killed off Flash before HTML5 matured. HTML5 still hasnt matured, most multimedia sites STILL use Flash.
15.skymitch89(Posts: 1292; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
I don't see why they're removing it from the Play Store. I think that they should keep it on there but shouldn't support it, and put a HUGE note at the top of it says something like "THIS APP WILL NO LONGER BE SUPPORTED OR UPDATED". Other than that, if I need to re-install Flash, I'll just find the .apk and side-load it.
What made Android so good was it did things no other phone did. If the consumer wanted it, Google made it happen. Flash was truly the only reason I stayed with Android. Sounds dumb to some but at 40, Battle Pirates is the most gaming I do these days. BP is all flash driven in Face Book and though the game wasn't playable, on my DROID 4 it would load and I could play about 50% of the game while on the go. I always wanted to try other OS's......will it be apple or WP8? I'm thinking a nice Nokia!
My Atrix already have FLAH built it did the last update few weeks ago plus on my WALKMAN Z. i like flash better than HTML my porn and videos on sites plays better. I still blame APPLE for killing FLASH.