Flash Say Goodbye to Android

ADOBE has ceased allowing Flash to be downloaded and installed to Android devices, effectively bringing to an end its reign on mobile devices.

Finally, the time has come. Yesterday, Adobe announced that it is forbid to download and install Flash on Android devices, which means Adobe gave up 85% of its mobile market share. Let’s say goodbye to Flash on mobile, officially.

The phasing out of Flash means that over time, Android devices will become blind to Flash content displayed on websites, such as Flash video, advertising, and Flash based navigation. Flash will be unsupported once Android phones and tablets upgrade to Google Android 4.1, Jelly Bean.

Jobs cited the proprietary nature of Flash, the availability of the more modern H264 video format, HTML5, reliability, security, performance, battery life, and its lack of support for touch screen devices as reasons why Flash would not be available on iPhones, iPods and iPads.

The move is vindication of the position taken in 2010 by former Apple CEO, the late Steve Jobs, that Flash was not suited to mobile devices.

The current Android operating system version Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) is the last that Flash will support and the Adobe Flash app will cease to be officially available for download from August 15 (US time) this year.

Adobe announced its intention to abandon Flash on mobile devices in favor of HTML 5 in November last year.

“We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook,” the blog post last year said.

“We will of course continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations.

“We will also allow our source code licensees to continue working on and release their own implementations,” it said.

“Over the past two years, we’ve delivered Flash Player for mobile browsers and brought the full expressiveness of the web to many mobile devices,” Adobe said.

“However, HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively. This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms.

“Devices that do not have Flash Player already installed are increasingly likely to be incompatible with Flash Player and will no longer be able to install it from the Google Play Store after August 15th.”

“Beginning August 15th we will use the configuration settings in the Google Play Store to limit continued access to Flash Player updates to only those devices that have Flash Player already installed,” Adobe said in a statement.

“Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores.

Now, if you convert the SWF to MP4 Mac with SWF to MP4 for Mac converter, you can import the flash video to android.

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Free Video Converters Mac

There is a collection of free mac video converters to help mac users to handle nearly any file format.

MPEG Streamclip is a powerful free video converter, player, editor for Mac and Windows. It can play many movie files, not only MPEGs; it can convert MPEG files between muxed/demuxed formats for authoring; it can encode movies to many formats, including iPod; it can cut, trim and join movies. MPEG Streamclip can also download videos from YouTube and Google by entering the page URL.

FLV2iTunes is a simple docklet application for converting movies to iTunes,iPod, and iPhone supported format.You just need to drag and drop movies to it and you just need to wait. It will accept any movies format that are supported by ffmpeg (WMV, XVID, DIVX, FLV, AVI, and more), converts it, and insert the movie into iTunes library.

HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.

When you finish your iMovie project, you have multiple ways to finalize it: save onto your computer, transfer to iTunes, share to YouTube, Facebook and more if you’re using iMovie 09 and iMovie 11. However, you may still consider exporting iMovie to DVD to better preserve it or share it.

Media Converter is similar to ZamZar and vixy.net, but requires you to create an account and log in. Also, it seems like it only supports downloading and converting videos from YouTube. You can also download their video download program, but it only supports 5 sites.

VideoDownloader is a FireFox extension, but also allows you to paste in any URL from many sites such as Blip.TV, iFilm, and even social networking sites like MySpace. You can also download a free FLV player from their site to play the videos.

Movavi Online is a free online web service that lets you download videos from YouTube, Google and other video-sharing sites and save them to your iPhone, iPod, cellphone, and popular video formats: AVI, MPEG, MOV, FLV, MP4, 3GP.

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