Adobe to discontinue mobile Flash installs on August 15th

By , Jun 29, 2012

Last fall, Adobe announced that it was going to be discontinuing its work on mobile Flash. The announcement essentially reaffirmed Apple’s, and more specifically Steve Jobs’, stance on the tech.

But in case that wasn’t clear enough, the developer has just given a deadline for the cease and desist. As of August 15th, Flash will no longer be installable from Android’s Google Play Store…

From Adobe’s blog:

 ”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. 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.”

Not only will users not be able to install Flash on their Android devices after August 15th, but Adobe made it clear that Android 4.1 devices would not be getting the software — so keep that in mind if you’re looking at Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet.

Android was the last major mobile platform to offer Flash, and manufacturers frequently touted that fact as an advantage over iOS devices. It looks they’ll have to figure out something else to talk about come August.

Now, can we all agree that it’s time to stop putting ‘Lacks Adobe Flash’ in the Cons column on iOS product reviews?

[Engadget]

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joshua-Wong/100003738749139 Joshua Wong

    First comment!!!!! But no flash? August 15? Why?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1572956871 Ben Tindall

      Its outdated and impractical. Hear me out. Flash requires an external source, adobe. People have for years, me one of them, have had to keep up with essential software updates externally, putting pressure on adobe.

      HTML 5 sought out a way to get rid of those issues by allowing for embedded media and basic animation. OK, flash is much more comprehensive and has been perfected for many years, but having HTML 5 as a web standard just built into all web-browsers/devices/OS’s means that the user doesn’t have to ‘faf’ around with externally sourced downloads and updates.

      It makes sense in the long run and relives some pressure from adobe.

      That being said, I will miss flash for some applicational use. Even though I never found not having flash on my iOS devices to be a problem at all.

    • Emre SÜMENGEN

      Living under a rock for a decade?

  • Kok Hean

    I think that Apple should release Safari with flash on the App Store. And put disclaimers all around.

    • Falk M.

      God no, please!
      Move flash to legacy and desktop only, where it belongs!
      Jeez…

      • Kok Hean

        Streaming video from websites that require flash?

      • Emre SÜMENGEN

        When enough users force it, those websites will switch to HTML5 or die, as they deserve…

      • Kok Hean

        Hopefully

      • Falk M.

        When I say move it’s fairly obvious that Apple has already moved to where I want things to be.

        I mean webmasters etc should either deploy the new technologies found in the latest flash iteration that lets them stream flash video to non-Flash enabled devices OR move to use HTML 5 in the long run.

        HTML 5 covers about 95% of the practical uses of Flash and for the odd cases where it’s not sufficient, go ahead and use Flash, but maybe also offer an HTML5 version if possible but less beautiful / functional, so mobile users and those who don’t want to install Flash anymore are golden.

        Don’t get me wrong, I want Flash to stay on my desktop, if just for legacy support reasons (old flash games on my drives :P)! ^___^

      • http://twitter.com/iam_IBZ Ibz

        Exactly!

      • http://twitter.com/iam_IBZ Ibz

        Doesn’t even belong to desktop!

    • Nicolas Loots

      The battery life of an iPhone is already short enough. Don’t add such a battery eater like that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/this.is.what.im.stuck.with.everyday Chris Andes

    how about just an added buy you gotta do in the app store for safari. then everyone gets payed, and we get our damn flash on our idevices.

    • http://twitter.com/Max_Kas Max Kaslick

      How many times haves you not been satisfied without having flash. Honestly when was the last time you were browsing the web and went
      “damn, if only Apple supported this platform to make my iDevice crash right now…”

  • nhuayra

    thanxs god! see you in hell flash!

  • KewlDewd

    No surprise here. This is a good step towards full HTML5 adoption. But what’s with this cease and desist talk? Is Google or somebody threatening to not comply? If Adobe stops supporting the platform, they don’t have a choice.

  • http://twitter.com/iam_IBZ Ibz

    Spot on. Flash is so 1995.

  • http://www.facebook.com/derfaust.mobile Der Faust

    it is about time…. :)…. for the past few years i have seen flash as a crutch….. im glad adobe is finally realizing that. now….they need to dump it on the desktop as well :)

  • Wael Abdo

    God Bless you Steve Jobs, and Rest in Peace….