Android 4.1 won't support Flash at all

In November, Adobe announced that it would no longer release new versions its Flash Player on mobile devices, including those based on Android, with the exception of bug fixes and security updates. The announcement this week of Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) by Google has now prompted Adobe to offer their own update on Flash support for the Android platform.

As far as Android 4.1, Adobe has confirmed it will not have any support at all for Flash. The company states:

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 has also announced that after August 15th, Flash won't be available for download from the Google Play store. It added that if an older device is upgraded to Android 4.1, Flash "may exhibit unpredictable behavior" on that product.

Source: Adobe

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I hope eventually they will make a flash support into the latest android otherwise my excitement towards the 4.1 version would quickly decrease.

I dont get why some android fanboys tout flash support as a positive thing. Its time to move on and get rid of it.

We're talking about flash, the thing that will more than halve your current battery charge while playing videos.


hehehe .. ive been laughing all day long, im starting feeling some hurt

where are all the people that said "no Flash on iOS ?! Apple is doomed !" ?


"we could not program or create a better version of our piece of sh-t program we bought off another company who bought off another company and didn't change for almost 14+ years"

Orange Battery said,
I hope this measn sites will begin moving away from flash.
Not even close. Flash will still exist on the mobile, simply virtualized within AIR applications. It's far from dead.

One good thing I like about IOS is that the majority of online video play just fine without the need for flash. On android it's the opposite.

this is not news to me, adobe announced it a while ago that it was dropping support on mobile. what i would like to know if air platform is supported? so far i don't see confirmation or denial of this

Alot of sites have already switched to HTML 5. To test this download and install google chrome. That browser doesn't support flash even if it is installed so anything that plays does so via HTML 5.

shinji257 said,
Alot of sites have already switched to HTML 5. To test this download and install google chrome. That browser doesn't support flash even if it is installed so anything that plays does so via HTML 5.

LOL. Flash is built in to Chrome.

Back on topic, this is a good step to killing off Flash once and for all within the next few years. It's to clunky and requires too many resources for mobile anyway.

shinji257 said,
Alot of sites have already switched to HTML 5. To test this download and install google chrome. That browser doesn't support flash even if it is installed so anything that plays does so via HTML 5.

So much wrong.
1. Google Chrome has Flash integrated
2. What you are referring to when you say "That browser doesn't support flash even if it is installed" is flat out wrong because what you need is a non-IE Flash plug in. You are experiencing the ActiveX you installed for IE not working in Chrome which is normal.
3. No
4. The internet isn't magic.

NeoandGeo said,

LOL. Flash is built in to Chrome.

Back on topic, this is a good step to killing off Flash once and for all within the next few years. It's to clunky and requires too many resources for mobile anyway.

I think he means Chrome for Android, because it doesn't support flash at all. Probably because Google knew Abode were going to drop it on mobile.

The APK for latest flash version works great on 4.1 on my Nexus. But, as Adobe support for it fades, so will sites that use it so it's not that big of a deal.

I'm not a fan of this decision. If HTML5 is the future, then we are not there yet. Considering mobile devices are a BIG part of most people's everyday life, then Adobe should continue supporting Flash, seeing as many sites haven't transitioned from Flash to HTML5. Also, by doing this, they should fully stop supporting Flash (including on the desktop). We can't transition to HTML5, if Adobe encourages development of Flash (by supporting it on other platforms). Anyways, I have no doubt the Android community will whip up a Flash APK.

mutualcore said,
Steve Jobs was right, Flash will be dead by 2013.
So I guess Adobe is going to drop flash for the entire internet in about 5 months time then? You fail right along side Mr. Wormfood.

KCRic said,
So I guess Adobe is going to drop flash for the entire internet in about 5 months time then? You fail right along side Mr. Wormfood.

I laughed, but probably shouldn't have

thealexweb said,
The title of the article is a bit misleading / crap

Seems to be a trend these days on many sites around the net... The story editors either don't research what they are writing about, or are just looking to toss out some flame bait.

NerdyTech said,
How the heck are we going to watch pr0n ?! These sites need to ditch flash for better players!

Most porn sites do support HTML 5. Not that I actually ever use them or anything.

notta said,
haha, this is too funny.

What makes it funny? This was announced by Adobe back in November of last year that all mobile devices were being dropped.

This should come as a surprise to no one... Adobe has dropped support for Flash on all mobile devices and it was announced that 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) was the last version that they would support back when it came out.

No karma or anything like that, just Adobe giving up on the mobile flash player market.

I personally think that adobe should just throw in the towel and give up with the flash player. If they tern Flash CS into an efficient WYSIWYG HTML5 and WebGL editer geared towards designers. Then they can not only keep their relevance in the interactive web content market. But it will also give them a grate foot in the door within the mobile market considering that most phones support HTML5.

Ad Man Gamer said,
I personally think that adobe should just throw in the towel and give up with the flash player. If they tern Flash CS into an efficient WYSIWYG HTML5 and WebGL editer geared towards designers. Then they can not only keep their relevance in the interactive web content market. But it will also give them a grate foot in the door within the mobile market considering that most phones support HTML5.
Well if they did that then it wouldn't be Flash now would it? It would be a straight HTML5 editor.

??? --- tern & grate?

Edited by Tim Dawg, Jun 30 2012, 11:51am :

Astra.Xtreme said,
Well this is rather humorous.

Indeed. This has made for an interesting conversation point with all the Android Fanbois/Apple Bashers in the office today who were so verbal about 'My ANDROID does Flash, so why doesn't your iOS device?!'

rosszone said,

Indeed. This has made for an interesting conversation point with all the Android Fanbois/Apple Bashers in the office today who were so verbal about 'My ANDROID does Flash, so why doesn't your iOS device?!'


There is nothing ironic about this as you are attempting to imply. This is a statement from Adobe that it will no longer be making Flash for mobile.
P.S. The title of this article is incredibly misleading to this point.

Xenosion said,

There is nothing ironic about this as you are attempting to imply. This is a statement from Adobe that it will no longer be making Flash for mobile.
P.S. The title of this article is incredibly misleading to this point.

Exactly, completely misleading... It was announced months ago that Adobe was exiting the mobile market when it comes to the Flash player.

Xenosion said,

There is nothing ironic about this as you are attempting to imply. This is a statement from Adobe that it will no longer be making Flash for mobile.
P.S. The title of this article is incredibly misleading to this point.

Correct. It's ok for a platform developer to discontinue the platform - it's not ok for an end-user software developer to discontinue supporting a platform that is still widely used.

rosszone said,

Indeed. This has made for an interesting conversation point with all the Android Fanbois/Apple Bashers in the office today who were so verbal about 'My ANDROID does Flash, so why doesn't your iOS device?!'

And what you fail to see is that if people want it bad enough, there will be a hacked version available. So really, no big deal.

techbeck said,

And what you fail to see is that if people want it bad enough, there will be a hacked version available. So really, no big deal.

"Android, only useful if hacked."(TM)

I'm confused. Most people who use that argument won't see Jelly Bean anytime soon. So what's the problem? I for one stopped using it on my phone. It is better suited for my PC.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Well this is rather humorous.

You're right - it is!

Because I just tested Flash Player in the stock browser on Jellybean (4.1) & it works just fine!