Adobe Flash Player returns to Google Play Store in UK only

Adobe Flash Player returns to Google Play Store in UK only
Citing requests from its UK "Strategic Partners," Adobe has returned its Flash Player to the Google Play Store, but in the UK only. In early August, Adobe said it was halting development of the software and removed it from the market place. While Adobe has brought back Flash, albeit in a limited way, it also says that it will soon remove it from the UK Google Play Store once again. Still, Android users in the region now have a limited opportunity to install the software on their phone. One of the "Strategic Partners" that requested the return of Flash in the UK was the BBC. The British broadcaster uses Flash for its iPlayer application.

Adobe has included some warnings with the new listing. The version of Flash Player on the UK Google Play Store site will only work on those units running Android 4.0.x which means that phones using the new Jelly Bean OS still will not support the technology. Another warning indicated that Adobe is still not working on updates for the application.

For those outside of the UK, we recently told you about a manual method to install Flash on your Android model running Android 2.2 through Android 4.0.

source: BBC via MoDaCo



1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I have Flash working on my N7 - until websites switch to HTML, flash is needed.

2. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

I hate the fact that everybody is in such a rush to abandon it.

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

well, like I said, people want it gone (or rather, APPLE and JOBS wanted it gone), then, FINE - bring on HTML5 - otherwise, leave it alone. There are plenty of non-porn sites that still use flash.

4. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

I genuinely laughed! Over 70% of the websites I visit/utilize, still use Flash... and a few of them CHARGE for the HTML5 version of the site! ^You can find the oldest and latest versions for Android there (scroll down the page a ways or Ctrl+F - Android), side loads like a charm on my devices!

5. Phullofphil

Posts: 1761; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I agree with you that we need to have flash around still I think by keeping it available it slows the progress of newer technology like HTML 5 from being fully implemented.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

We can keep flash till 100% of the website have shifted to html 5. Don't see a problem for the consumer. Also not all company is interested in marching to the beats of technology and making expensive changes. The reason why apple and JOBs are so keen to rid of flash is to reduce advertisement revenue leak in their iOS ecosystem. and also the reason why Google has created an open source Android to maintenance a foothold on the emerging mobile market. Apple only has themselves to blame for their ex-partner, Google to create Android.

7. molanjames

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 11, 2012

I have flash on my s3.

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