Adobe Systems has recently announced that they will no longer develop the Flash plugin for any Android version above 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, it comes to no surprise that they’re reminding the public — once again.
The announcement dates back in late 2011, during which we thought that Adobe is winning against HTML5′s reign. Steve Jobs’ utter distaste for Adobe Flash Player was also made clear, stating that “Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy.”, “No one will be using Flash. The world is moving to HTML5.” His statement was pretty harsh, then again, unpleasant experiences often contributes to success, Jobs was indeed, spot on.
It’s pretty clear that Adobe is now spending more time to develop content tools for HTML5 as a replacement for the Flash Player, they’re starting to slowly pull the plug off Flash, hinting that for the betterment of everyone, a little sacrifice needs to be done.
Android users who do not have Flash Player installed on their devices by August 15 this year will no longer be able to play Flash-based content on their devices. Those who will make the jump to Android Jelly Bean from earlier versions and attempt to install Flash Player on their devices may experience a great deal of system-related problems since Adobe will no longer develop the Flash Plugin for future Android versions (which includes Android 4.1).
It’s worth noting that Jelly Bean users won’t be able to officially download the Flash Player from the Play Store, Adobe has also stated that the Plugin will be pulled out from the Play Store in August. Users should also uninstall Adobe Flash before doing a firmware upgrade to Jelly Bean so as to prevent system stability issues on their devices.