The last breath for Flash Player for Android
15 August 2012 by Olav Hellesø-Knutsen
Adobe ends new installation of Flash for Android devices from today. Existing handsets will still receive security updates, but new and non-certified devices will from August 15th not be able to download and install the Flash player from Google Play
Adobe has earlier said that it will no longer extend the development of Flash for mobile browsers. Flash is not entirely dead, as the software will still be developed for many other platforms. The Flash player is installed on over 100 million handsets, so many Android users will still be able to view content presented using Flash.
Adobe keeps a list of handsets which are Flash Player certified. Currently, a combination of 534 handsets and Android OS versions from 55 vendors are listed. The Adobe Flash player will not be certified for any devices running Android 4.0 and up.
Flash is often used by web sites to show display animated ads and video content. As most browsers now support HTML5, there are not much need to use Flash for publishing such content any more. Video can be seen using HTML5 alone
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That's pretty sad, it's true that most popular webpages support HTML5, but normal webpages, that haven't been infected with HTML5 frenzy, often happens to have a flash content. And not being able to view it on a "smart"phone is just silly. What's more, phones have struggled to support flash, but slow CPUs and lack of GPU made it close impossible. Now that the phones actually have power to do that (quad-core CPUs, powerful GPUs), the project is announced dead. How illogical is that?