They announce about their plan to kill Flash on Android since last year and now Adobe, for the last time updated Flash player to support Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and told the world they will only be updating the plug-in to add some major security patches. Since Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is out, Adobe has decided to remove the plug-in from the Google Play store starting on August 15th.
Some of you might wonder why Flash is being killed on mobile platform. Here is excerpt from Mike Chambers, Adobe’s Chief of Developer Relations.
- HTML5 is already almost universally supported in mobile browsers and Adobe realized that Flash would never get there. “Our goal has always been to obtain the same level of ubiquity for the Flash Player on mobile browsers, but, at the end of the day, it is something that did not, and was not going to happen.”
- Apps made browser-based apps less necessary. “Essentially, users’ preferences to consume rich content on mobile devices via applications means that there is not as much need or demand for the Flash Player on mobile devices as there is on the desktop.”
- Fragmentation. To make Flash work on mobile platforms, Adobe had to work with multiple hardware makers (Motorola, Samsung), platform companies (Google, RIM), and component manufacturers (like Nvidia). That took too much time. “This is something that we realized is simply not scalable or sustainable.”
So yes, all Android devices that ship with Flash player pre-installed will be the only ones to get any future updates. Adobe recommends all current and future Android 4.1 Jelly Bean users to uninstall the Flash plugin from their devices, as the company has not tested and certified Flash for the latest version of Android, but don’t fret, right now Flash works without any issues and modifications to the plug-in on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
I would say, good riddance. It is time for use all to start using HTML5 to replace the flash especially on Android since no flash means less battery drain. But now flash is gone from Android, I wonder what will the excuse people will give when Android is being compared to iOS?