Last chance to download Flash on your Android device before it disappears tomorrow

Last chance to download Flash on your Android device before it disappears tomorrow
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

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.

So is this a posthumous victory for Steve Jobs? The late co-founder of Apple hated Flash, calling it a "CPU hog" to the Wall Street Journal. On January 30 of 2010, during a famous verbal attack Jobs made on Google and Adobe, Jobs called Flash buggy and predicted that no one would be using it in the future, correctly predicting the ascent of HTML5.

source: TheVerge via Phandroid



36. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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.

37. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

wow dude. just wow. if you are watching porn on your phone. you might wanna consider getting a Casio GzOne Commando. Its "Liquid" Resistant.

38. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

so is the Razr and the Xyboard. ;)

39. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

you see what i did there? lol

35. zekes

Posts: 230; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

i will sideload it tho

34. captn3x

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

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!

33. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

The point is, some of my favorite video website still need Flash to run :))

31. Peter98

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Google and Apple did it correctly. But however, lots of things still using Flash. Hope that HTML 5 will be better and more common in the future :D

29. redmd

Posts: 1965; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Where's this html5 all of you talk about? Just install the apk file then we're all good.

26. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

is it me or has html5 been the "future" for quite a few years now, and still we all will miss the flash ability on android..?

23. nwright94 unregistered

No matter which website I go to now there's someone with a slender man thumbnail -_- I'm starting to believe he's actually ate me.

19. master0fursinz

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 26, 2010

well i for one am looking for movie2k to switch up to html 5 fast

15. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

13. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

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.

14. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, that was years ago, Android users had a good run with Flash and it's not like HTML5 isn't an option for them.

16. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

Adobe themselves said that iOS had a LOT to do with the reason flash mobile died... soooo yea the decision DID have to do with Steve Jobs but who cares, HTML5 is better.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I think that was more of an attempt by Adobe to sling mud at apple in retaliation for SJ's comments on the matter. When SJ made those comments, no phone could handle flash well. Times have changed. Now just about every phone has the horsepower to handle it if the OS chooses to allow it.

24. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

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.

25. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

well, iPhoto and other (obviously monopoly based) services, could have taken over, I mean adobe is already fighting this "well integrated" Apple cooked applications.

12. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Goodbye old friend! :(

11. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

lol meh. the APK will always be around.

10. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Correction: today is the very last day that you can DOWLOAD Adobe Flash on your Android model. i'll be holding on to my .apk for dear life to use to install to my future devices. ;)

20. nwright94 unregistered

Your thumbnail picture....nightmares...can't run O.o

28. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

you can't get away from me...just like HIM! >;]

8. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012


7. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Flash was one of the things I liked about android. Now that its gone though I hope html 5 will be pushed even harder. I always hated flash but its hard to avoid using it.

3. torr310

Posts: 1735; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

So should we install Flash or not?

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

install it. why wouldnt you want the full internet experience? Installed and titanium'ed and cloud backed up for me. :)

6. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I'm sure xda will have the .apk so no worries

9. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, i swiped the latest version in anticipation for this. xD

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