Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jun 2012 18:38 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless And so, Flash on mobile is now completely dead. "There will be no certified implementations of Flash Player for Android 4.1. 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."
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rklrkl
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Hmmm, it looks like the original article headline and its first sentence is a bit over-reaching to me. Adobe has said that nothing beyond Android 4.0.* (i.e. ICS) will have Flash support, which most certainly doesn't equate to either "fully retire" or "completely dead" to me.

A bit more research, Thom, and you'd have even spotted a Nexus 7 chink in Adobe's armour:

Nexus 7 release date with Android 4.1: late July 2012

Adobe's removal of Flash from Google Play for any device that hasn't already got Flash installed: 15th August 2012.

So there's a 2-3 week period where Nexus 7 users will be able to install Flash from Google Play, but then probably won't be allowed to update it after 15th August 2012. So could there be years where Nexus 7 users have an unpatched, insecure Flash after 15th August 2012?!

Also, I bet someone will make the .apk file for Flash available on the Net for download and Nexus 7 users might get to run Flash even if they buy the device after 15th August.

It should be noted that there have been numerous minor updates to Flash player on my Android 4.0.X tablet and 2.3.X phone ever since Adobe's "we're dropping mobile Flash" announcement many, many months ago and these will continue to appear well beyond August 2012, despite Thom's hyperbole. What *won't* happen is any major update to Flash on Android ever again.

Mind you, there's a laughable Nvidia + hardware acceleration + Flash + YouTube + Linux combo that actually results in "Blue Man Group"-style videos (everyone's faces turn blue, I kid you not):

https://bugbase.adobe.com/index.cfm?event=bug&id=3164063

Would be nice if Adobe and/or fixed that one as a goodbye present to Flash on Linux too!

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