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

Adobe shows off mobile Flash, May 2010

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.

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

Steve Jobs predicts the future, Phone Arena January 31st 2010

Steve Jobs predicts the future, Phone Arena January 31st 2010




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39 Comments

1. zekes

Posts: 230; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

HTML5 FTW

32. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Sigh, another one...Why is it bad that we can have both? It's not whether Flash sucks or HTML5 is "ftw", if Android can support both formats, isn't that a win for us users?

2. androidornothing

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

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.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

then install dolphin or Opera. Just because chrome doesnt use it doesnt mean other browsers dont support it.

17. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I have it working on my NEXUS 7 tablet :-)

40. jakson0100

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

21. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

getting jelly bean on my razr soon :-)-)

27. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

how are you hoping to accomplish that? o:

3. torr310

Posts: 1618; 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

22. torr310

Posts: 1618; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

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.

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.

8. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Farewel....Goodbye..Flash

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! >;]

11. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

lol meh. the APK will always be around.

12. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Goodbye old friend! :(

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.

15. skymitch89

Posts: 1451; 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.

19. master0fursinz

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 26, 2010

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

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.

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..?

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