Flash will be coming to Ice Cream Sandwich

Despite the claims that Flash was dead or was in its final death throes, it seems that the much-maligned program will be making its return on Android 4.0. Information given to Pocket-Lint by Adobe themselves suggests Flash will be remaining with Android.

Adobe also admitted that this would be the last release of Flash on Android, meaning that Flash as a mobile application is gone. This news should no doubt please many people who are considering buying the Galaxy Nexus handset, which is the flagship phone running Android 4.0.

Adobe themselves have said they will be reorganizing their efforts to pursue their goals as a company and this means that Flash must be discontinued for mobile devices, though the company will still release periodic updates to address security flaws. Adobe then went on to say that they will develop their AIR framework further. For those unaware, AIR is the framework that some applications run on. Perhaps the best known of these applications is the TweetDeck Twitter client, though other examples exist.

Adobe even discussed their views on the future of the Flash Player as a whole. These views were summarized by the company as follows:

"Of course, with the growth and continued improved browser support of HTML5, the role of Flash will change. For the foreseeable future, Flash offers advantages in delivering premium video with content protection, as well as providing a high performance, feature-rich and graphically advanced gaming platform. We are focusing our Flash Player efforts around these areas."

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Only the other week did I find a compatible flash APK for my 2.3 phone (v6 ARM). I can now watch JTV, Twitch, full youtube etc. with my phone which now means when I'm in bed, I don't need to leave my laptop switched on.

Now, I do not understand some of the comments here, Engadget or any of the other tech sites with this "flash needs to die" lark. The very first thing I done was set plug-ins to 'On Demand' when I installed it. This means it is OPTIONAL, yes OPTIONAL. Why is there so much hate?

darth vader

Nooooo000oo00000000

/darth vader

Figured with it's "death" they'd not even waste the money on developing/fixing it for ICS. How many sites now do you expect to support (mobile) flash when they already know it's dead?

SHoTTa35 said,
darth vader
... How many sites now do you expect to support (mobile) flash when they already know it's dead?

Browser lets you view "desktop" version of site if you want.

SHoTTa35 said,
How many sites now do you expect to support (mobile) flash when they already know it's dead?

One is too many to the user that frequents it.

'For those unaware, AIR is the framework that some applications run on. Perhaps the best known of these applications is the TweetDeck Twitter client, though other examples exist.'
I've never heard or seen twatdeck actually, I'd say the best known example would be the old flash player downloader, 'powered by getright' or whatever that'd actually sneakially install adobe air, launch the flash player downloader and then download and install it, which was an AIR application.

n_K said,
'For those unaware, AIR is the framework that some applications run on. Perhaps the best known of these applications is the TweetDeck Twitter client, though other examples exist.'
I've never heard or seen twatdeck actually, I'd say the best known example would be the old flash player downloader, 'powered by getright' or whatever that'd actually sneakially install adobe air, launch the flash player downloader and then download and install it, which was an AIR application.

Not really. A lot of social networking users recognize Tweetdeck... or even the iPlayer App for UK users.

n_K said,
I've never heard or seen twatdeck actually...

What Warning said,
Tweetdick is a well known application...

People still use twatdick?