Google Play Store to Bid Adobe Flash Player Farewell

Paul Lilly

Time is running out if you're a fan of Adobe's Flash Player plugin for Android and haven't yet downloaded it. On August 15 (tomorrow), Adobe will yank its plugin from Google Play as a readily available download, and only devices that already have Flash Player installed will see any future updates. The move is intended to avoid any compatibility conflicts with Google's Jelly Bean build (Android 4.1).

"Devices that don’t have the Flash Player provided by the manufacturer typically are uncertified, meaning the manufacturer has not completed the certification testing requirements. In many cases users of uncertified devices have been able to download the Flash Player from the Google Play Store, and in most cases it worked. However, with Android 4.1 this is no longer going to be the case, as we have not continued developing and testing Flash Player for this new version of Android and its available browser options. There will be no certified implementations of Flash Player for Android 4.1," Adobe explained in a blog post .

Adobe is slowing its effort to support the Flash platform on mobile devices, having essentially conceded defeat to HTML5 and focusing future efforts on its Adobe AIR runtime.

After August 15th comes and goes, if you still want to install Flash Player on your Android device (or if you're a developer that needs access to it), they'll remain available in Adobe's Flash Player archive .

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