Adobe: No Flash support for Android Jelly Bean

Adobe: No Flash support for Android Jelly Bean




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.



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13 Responses

  1. John says:

    Who cares, really ? This move is for the better. HTML5 will always be there for us.

  2. Taz says:

    so what would happen to those sites I frequent that still is flash based =( bye bye those porn sites hehehe

  3. KStheResearcher says:

    yeah what will happen to those sites where I normally watch anime? are there any substitute sites?

    • Kevin says:

      Those sites will have to use HTML5-based web video players for their viewers, no need to worry. They’ll be forced to do just that anytime soon but if you cannot find any alternatives, I guess the best thing for you to do is to stay away from Android Jelly Bean for now :D

      P.S. I wouldn’t suggest trying to install the Flash APK from external sources to ensure the stability of your Android 4.1 device.

    • Kevin-G says:

      Those sites will have to use HTML5-based web video players for their viewers, no need to worry. They’ll be forced to do just that anytime soon but if you cannot find any alternatives, I guess the best thing for you to do is to stay away from Jelly Bean for now :D

      P.S. I wouldn’t suggest trying to install the Flash APK from external sources to ensure the stability of your Android 4.1 device.

  4. ghabee says:

    Impressive article @Kevin. Thanks for informing your readers.

  5. miongb says:

    even if they pull out the flash player installer from the play store, you can always get the apk somewhere (-:

    plus, the apk that works now for 2.1 up also works for 4.1 jellybean!

    so adobe, no big deal!

  6. aze says:

    do we need flash for youtube? tia

  7. KStheResearcher says:

    I’m planning to buy an ASUS TRANSFORMER PAD TF300T and it runs in ICS, now the reason why I’m buying it (instead of IPAD 3) is because of its FLASH PLAYABLE capability

    Questions..
    1. Can I not opt to upgrade my ASUS T.Pad’s OS to JellyBean?
    2. If not, then can I still watch online for free? without paying for any app?
    3. If I need to purchase an app, then I’ll just go to IPAD3, do you have any suggestions on how I can watch for free online using an IPAD3?

    Hoping for your advice, I’ve been researching for 2months now hehe

  8. KStheResearcher says:

    Thanks Kevin,

    Just to clarify, so when you say that “I just need to stay away from JellyBean”, I can just simply stay on ICS with my ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T right?

    • Kevin says:

      Yes of course! Just tap on ‘cancel’ if it shows a firmware update to Jelly Bean if you want to.

      I’ve decided to keep my devices on ICS for a little while longer while the devs are updating their apps for 4.1 JB, put quite simply, Jelly Bean is really a more solid/smoother version of ICS with the absence of Flash lang namanm most of the improvements done are under the hood :)

      -Kevin

    • Kevin says:

      Hello!

      Yes of course, you can just tap on ‘cancel’ if ever a pop up message appears suggesting a Jelly Bean Android update, or you can always flash a the stock ICS update :D

      -Kevin

  9. KStheResearcher says:

    COOL! I’ll definitely buy it once its release here in the Philippines

    I called ASUS SM NORTH earlier, and they said it will be release 3rd or 4th week of this month, also the available colors are BLUE, RED and WHITE, the SRP 24,999 with the dock already! hehe

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