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.