Flash for Android dies tomorrow with new installs disabled, R.I.P. we won’t miss you

Google and Adobe announced earlier this year that Flash for Android would no longer be supported in Android 4.1 and beyond.  That time has arrived. Tomorrow Adobe will officially kill the app and will no longer allow new Flash installs on Android devices. This was the last stand on mobile for the popular content player but Adobe has now thrown in the towel and conceded the mobile space to HTML5.

Rumor has it Google will soon make Chrome the default browser in Android and Chrome which does not support the media plugin. So while Adobe closing of Flash is more symbolic than anything. Of course there are still Android browsers that do support Flash, but you will need to have a copy of the APK as it won’t be available in the Play Store any longer.

Adobe still plans to support the media player on PCs with premium video and games as prominent examples. However as mobile continues to grow in usage and importance, it’s hard to see Flash move anywhere but down at this point. How do you feel about Flash’s mobile death — does it matter? Let us know in the comment section below.

[via The Verge]

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11 comments

  1. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    @ferassie: English, please.

    @AFPhys: Youtube supports HTML5 now, which is how it works on iDevices. Try disabling Flash and see if it works for you.

    @J_L: I’d typically agree with you but leaving an unsupported, security-hole filled app on Play Store only turns people off from the Android platform. Think about it this way. Not everyone knows Flash is no longer supported on Android. If the download is left there, they go to download it (or it comes preinstalled on their devices) only to learn that Flash drains battery, is buggy, and may even have security vulnerabilities. They wait and wait for a fix only to not get one and eventually come to blame Android for it.

    @rjh: Hehe…

  2. ferassie

    Ashraf, probeer maar eens de site eurocazino.com op te vragen zonder flash. dat gaat je echt niet lukken. Ik speel graag op de gratis gokkasten van dat programma, maar dat kan ik dus later wel vergeten.
    Het is jammer, waarom dat moeilijke gedoe, laat flash gewoon draaien op android samen met html5?

    regards ferassie Netherlands

  3. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    @barney and @Bob: Out of curiosity, what websites are you two surfing that require Flash? I haven’t had Flash on Android since I joined the ecosystem two years ago and have never had a problem. Yeah sometimes I download a game that requires Flash but then I just uninstall the game — no game is good enough to force me to download Flash on my device when I don’t need it.
    @rjh: I sense a lot (!) of hatred.

  4. rjh

    I hope flash dies a painful death.

    Adobe have consistently screwed over flash support on Linux – didn’t even support 64-bit for years.

    Their last ever release for Linux (11.2?) is seriously broken – with hardware accelerated Nvidia GPUs, Youtube videos make people look like smurfs. Adobe’s attitude is that a) there is no problem, and b) there will be no further support for Linux, not even a bug fix for something as basic as this.

    Adobe can get stuffed; I can’t wait for the entire web to get away from Flash.

    But without Flash, how will architects and the like produce those amazing presentations and portfolios that you can’t resize or link to specific parts of? They’ll have to find some other way of being precious, annoying and irrelevant.

    Flash was an evolutionary deadend, based on the assumption that all access was via desktops and web browsers. The world has changed and Flash must go – I just wish it was gone already.

  5. Bob

    I totally agree with Barney and Ed. Many of the websites I use Flash which will make them inaccessable to Android. While HTML5 is probably the future, we are a long way from Flash being removed from current websites.

  6. barney

    Ashraf,
    Flash may well be (and is) old and bloated. HTML5 may well be (and probably is) the future.
    But I’m browsing now, and there are many, many sites I cannot access w/o flash. Some of those sites are important to me on a daily basis. So this is a corporate quarrel that only hurts existing consumers, since Google does not provide a real-time-*now* alternative for viewing those sites. May be a good time to move my phone to MS.