No Flash for Jelly Bean, Adobe says

Adobe has officially announced they are not going to be supporting their Flash software for Google Android 4.1, otherwise known as Jelly Bean.

Jelly Bean was unveiled at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco earlier this week, and promises to be an altogether better experience than the current OS, Ice Cream Sandwich when it gets rolled out to various devices in July.

Even though Adobe provided Flash compatibility for Ice Cream Sandwich, the digital giants announced that not only were they not supporting Jelly Bean, they were taking steps to remove Flash from Google Play and halt updates to those who already have it.

A rather ominous-sounding blog post said: “There will be no certified implementations of Flash Player for Android 4.1. Beginning August 15 we will use the configuration settings in the Google Play Store to limit continued access to Flash Player updates to only those devices that have Flash Player already installed”.

For developers who still need to use Flash there will be an archive, but the archived files won’t be eligible for updates from Google Play either.

This announcement from Adobe was foreshadowed somewhat in November when they said they were focusing Flash on PC browsing and mobile apps, not mobile browsers.

Adobe said at the time that they would migrate to HTML5 as it is “the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms”, therefore today’s developments appear to be an update in that process.

This would appear to be the final nail in the coffin for Adobe’s hitherto ubiquitous Flash Player, with IT professionals across the land doubtless breathing sighs of relief.

Were you one of those frustrated by Flash’s faults, or will you miss it on your mobile browser?

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4 Jul 2012, 2:52 p.m.

Whilst HTML5 has it's benefits for ease of integration of rich media into web pages and webapps, it's also lacking any kind of real content security. Although this is not such a problem for iOS devices, which have a secure authentication model which can be used to keep content from being stipped out of sites, Google's Android doesn't (as yet afaik) have an equivalent, so media can only be put live in HTML5 where there are no real rights restrictions. Flash got around this by obfuscating the actual content assets. This is a huge problem for media providers.


8 Jul 2012, 11:03 a.m.

And that has got to be the end ofFlash Player as a legit medium, with both Android and OS not supporting it it surely has no more validity in this Smartphone and tablet led world.