Adobe to end new Flash installs on Aug 15th, no Jelly Bean support

Adobe to end new Flash installs on Aug 15th, no Jelly Bean support
It has been about 7 month since Adobe said it was pulling the plug on Flash Player for mobile browsers. To reiterate that promise, Adobe took to its blog to make its plans very clear in the wake of the announcement of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

First of all, devices that come pre-loaded with Flash have been certified by Adobe that the Flash Player will works as expected on the device. Previously, users of uncertified device simply grabbed a copy of Flash in the Google Play Store and, most of the time, it worked just fine. With the release of an entirely new version of Android, Adobe says that it will not certify any Android 4.1 devices.

While in the past that wouldn’t be that big of a deal, Adobe also says that starting on August 15th, it will configure the settings in the Play Store to only allow Flash Player updates to devices that already have Flash installed. Devices that do not have Flash installed will not be authorized to download it from the Google Play Store. While a device that is upgraded from 4.0 to 4.1 will keep its Flash Player in tact, Adobe recommends uninstalling it because it may exhibit unexpected behavior.

Ultimately, we’ll have to see how it actually respondes once Jelly Bean becomes the standard. We’re guessing that if it works decent enough, you’ll probably still be able to easily find the APK online.

source: Adobe



1. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Is a flash-less android in our near future?

2. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, pretty much any device that comes out of the box with JB will not be supported by Adobe...i may not get in such a hurry to upgrade.

10. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

i dont know why is adobe killing flash for android? i just love flash on my dolphin hd..!

18. Otterbox

Posts: 71; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

Flash is a resource hog. HTML5 is becoming the standard. Flash is something more suitable for desktops not mobile phones.

34. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

Apple fans have been screaming that HTML5 is going to be the industry standard for a few years now. Guess what? It's still a few years away. Until then, Adobe Flash, no matter how much it slows down a device, is the industry standard, and because Steve Jobs was a prick and bashed anything he personally didn't like, Adobe refused to create a version of Flash for Apple. So again, for 3 years now, Apple is behind the curve when it comes to the industry standard.

37. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

Since HTML 5 is going to be the industry standard, wouldn't you say that Apple is ahead of the curve then? Just sayin. :)

39. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

but what about now when we need the current industry standard? Android is ready for HTML5 but we need Flash to do us until more and more jump on the HTML5 bandwagon.

43. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Its only being killed on brand NEW sets that come preinstalled with 4.1 Anyone that is getting a software UPGRADE will still have Flash. Which means that its not a compatibility issue, its just being quietly removed. but its nothing to worry about. Your probably 3-6 months from any JB devices launching at all. You can always just install the APK from the internet. Also, as our resident moron iFans like to point out, 4.0/4.1 adoption has been pretty slow, so its not like JB is going to be on the majority of sets any time soon unless something changes. Hell are we even at 15-20% 4.0 installs yet? Most of the SGS2's have gotten their upgrade or are in the middle of getting it, so we should see a large jump in the next report or 2.

53. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, i know all that but it's not like there's been any real big boost in the adoption of HTML5 lately, i think i can safely project for at least myself that Flash will still be quite relevant upon the arrival of JB handsets. i don't want that to be a reason for me to stick with my Razr, i'm interested in other things. 4.0 adoption has been slow across Android World Wide and in different kinds of markets including the eReader market which makes up for over half of the Android Tablet marketshare and an ICS upgrade hasn't exactly been real pressing there. when you look it over over half of the eligible phones for ICS have or are about to receive ICS and it won't take nearly as long for these devices to get JB as it's not exactly "kernel deep" like it was going from GB to ICS. i would also surmise that the Nexus 7 is going to be quite popular so in reality we should see the JB share go up before we start seeing much more ICS market share.

46. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

but android has the support for html5 as well.. so who's really ahead? the one with html5, or the one with html5 AND flash?

51. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the one who has less!!! right!?!? thats what apple wispers in my ear!


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

There's better things than flash anyway. On that note, hey PhoneArena many of us use our phones to view your website. While we accept ads on your website and ignore them. The annoying one that forces you to close out of it before you can read or click on any of your articles is not, please remove them as this could cause less and less people from wanting to continue to go to your website.

4. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

So when I get the nexus tablet will I be able to download dolphin browser and will flash work on that browser?

8. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

eh, it's iffy. this is really where Flash is going to start being bottle necked and when 5.0 comes around that's when it gets sealed off.

5. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

On Indian independence day.

9. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Then there's no better time to celebrate independence from Flash! No, but seriously, this will be hard to get used to...

6. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

As long as the push to HTML 5 doesnt slow be it. I sense another aritcle thats about to be overun....soon.... All I know is I tried to look at yahoo sports nba on my RAZR running ICS and cant...sites, content makers need to get on the HTML 5 bandwagon faster....

7. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

they really do. too many sites i go to still rely on Flash and others use HTML5 as a premium feature.

55. illiad

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

There IS something better! :) have you noticed AIR on your desktop,as well as some mobile requesting it??? If you do not trust wikipedia, try various adobe blogs, etc...

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well that sucks. At least it's been a nice ride to the end, and we didn't miss out while HTML5 wasn't an option. Since there's a paradigm shift to mobile for the center of our tech worlds, I imagine that websites will be quick to make the change. The biggest thing I'll miss is the inability to easily view *copyrighted* videos or videos that *aren't allowed to work on mobile* on my phone just by using Youtube's desktop version on my phone's browser. Maybe Google will switch Youtube's default to HTML5 encoding after this rolls out.

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

*ability,* not inability. I shouldn't type when I'm tired.

12. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

another lie by remix stating that flash had at least 5 more years of support.. where is he now

13. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Adobe flash isn't going to last forever,everyone knows this, but that is what a large part of the internet currently runs on. HTML5 is coming along, but the adoption process has been slow so far. It's not like they can just wave a magic wand and have any flash content magically become HTML5. It's going to take awhile for the internet to transition to it, so we're still looking at having flash around for awhile. Besides, it's not like flash on the internet will cease to function after August 15th, they'll still be doing security patches until the majority of sites transition to HTML5. In the meantime, like the article stated, there are probably some devs working on getting an apk that will allow flash to work on 4.1 devices. And to be fair, that was a educated guess on his part. Who can honestly say with certainty what these companies will do other than the ones making the decisions? Who would've guessed RIM would be in the position they're in now a couple of years ago? Try an be a little realistic here.

14. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Flash itself isn't gone from the interwebs. Mobile flash, which is seen as a subpar video/banner rendering solution (I guess...?) is what's going away. Duh.

20. Otterbox

Posts: 71; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

Mobile flash is pretty subpar when you think about it. There's no real reason to have it other than to watch videos.

40. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

which i do.

19. Otterbox

Posts: 71; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

Running is a lot easier than admitting the truth.

28. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

We've seen YOU lie before, don't act like it never happened. Take the plank out of your own eye, bro. ;D

35. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

but at least I speak from experience and if I am wrong I am wrong but remix will never admitted that's the difference.. he didn't guess.. he stated that wont go away to win a debate with me.. he tends to make up stuff to win debates.. fandroids never admit when wrong.. He still my go to guy for information.. but when predicting what a company or a product will do.. nop

31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

no, gallito, what I said was it would be another 3-5 years until HTML5 would be the dominant internet media form. Dont misquote me. :) This doesnt change a whole lot gallito. By your own troll statements, since ICS is only on 7% of devices its going to take another 2 years just to get that update. isnt that what you said? hmm? And if you read the article, any device UPGRADING to 4.1 will retain flash, and it will still be available to most. It just wont be Nativity available in the Play store or on brand new 4.1 based phones. So a very very small minority of android devices wont have flash out of the box.... one day... not today. of course, this is android. thats easily fixed by doing a google search for flash.apk and installing it. And again ANDROID users dont care. Only iOS users do. U want flash to die to speed up HTML5 adoption so you can see the whole internet for the first time. Android users get flash AND HTML5, so we win today and tomorrow.

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