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Adobe: Flash Player Coming to Ice Cream Sandwich by End of 2011

With Adobe’s announcement that they would no longer develop for their mobile version of Flash, questions of whether or not it would work on Ice Cream Sandwich were raised. Would we ever see it supported on ICS? Would our brand new Galaxy Nexus phones be Flash-less? What? According to an Adobe spokesperson, there will be one more release on Android that include support for Android 4.0 and it should be out by the end of the year.

Adobe will release one more version of the Flash Player for mobile browsing, which will provide support for Android 4.0, and one more release of the Flash Linux Porting Kit – both expected to be released before the end of this year. After that time, Adobe will continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates.

And that pretty much settles that issue. All good now on the Flash front?

Via:  Pocket-Lint

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariafe.c.oneill Maria Fe Camaya O’Neill

    Well this is no surprise, i thought it to soon to cut off flash just like that. Hopefully by the time flash is dead and gone on mobile,HTML5 will have covered whats left of the web.I can live with out flash on my phone, i do so little web browsing with it but i still want it for my tab so i can browse the web just like i do on my PC.

  • StormbladeX69

    Hopefully it will include the promised Hardware Acceleration for Android.

  • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

    Funny how all you say meh, who needs it, move on, but it’s the first item you throw out when comparing androids to iPhones.

    • Bobby_Bouche

      that cuz most are spineless turds and can’t concede anything. No one accepts responsibility anymore. 

      • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

        Yep, so true.

  • Sporttster

    Too bad there’s no phone out that it can go to,huh. Lots of nothin’ goin on. And agreed about going to HTML5. Forget flash already. Adobe has its head in its — concerning it. It’s too big, doesn’t work half the time.

  • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

    Ha, Jobs owned Adobe. Should have never pissed them off year back.

  • Greg Williams

    I’m over Flash, can we all just switch to HTML5 already?

  • Bbrutcher

    so basically flash will be out for it before we even see it on verizon!

  • http://www.hammertechnologies.net Chase Johnson

    i love flash but i think it was just too much of a hassle for Adobe to develop for with so many variations of Android out there. Its not like we have one version where all the bugs are the same, we have the manufacturers out there modifying and adding their own twist on it which is fine after all its open software but there has to be some point where they are “hey dont mess with this” because now its Flash but whats next? Are we going to start losing plugin/app support because manufacturers make it where its too much trouble to actively support it. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathanf Jonathan Fingas

    I’m looking forward to Android’s Jelly Bean version, when phone makers will have to advertise based on actual features, not a plugin that didn’t really matter on mobile to start with.

  • JMac726

    It has to end at some point, right? What happens when Android 4.1 Junglejuice comes out? Will that never get Flash support?

  • Dshudson

    Phone without flash, I’ll just buy iphone then.

  • Anonymous

    Was really hoping this would be the week we would either see the device or finally receive an official release date.  

    The wait goes on…

  • Bryan Williams

    i bggn

  • Anonymous

    This is eerily similar to the Xoom launch. You think Google and VZW would have learned something from that. After going through the Xoom experience, I’ll wait a while before jumping into ICS.

    • Anonymous

      ditto. Plus according to Android Central.. the camera is only decent. That sux big time. I can live without flash..I can live without sd card. but I need the camera to be good.

      • Anonymous

        As I see it, the trade off was the zero shutter lag for a decent camera. For me, as a casual photo-taker, I don’t need a super good camera as the photos get resized anyway. Quickness to a casual is more important in my eyes to capturing the moment, instead of quality. And if I do need good photos? I sue a good camera, not a cellphone. The photos I’ve seen with the Nexus are pretty decent.

  • Anonymous

    From what I can tell I think Adobe backing away from the mobile market for Flash development is an early acceptance that HTML5 will be replacing Flash in most markets soon.  This last release for ICS may just be a “make good” with Google. Just my opinion but with Google and Apple pushing HTML5 heavily for web content I can easily see Adobe losing its foothold.

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      No, they are becuase Apple has banned them from their OS.

      • Anonymous

        You have to remember though Apple’s iOS market share is only 15% give or take in the overall mobile OS world and only 10% of the laptop/desktop computing market.  Adobe still has Linux and Windows to support the other 90% of the laptop/pc consumers and as for smartphones 52.5% of Android users.  I’m not saying you are wrong but rather looking at the bigger picture in that, yes Apple may be popular in today’s pop culture but overall they still lack the market dominance to make a company like Adobe make their decisions based around them. Also this recession of the mobile development could be completely an engineering feat. They are having issues with flash running smoothly on these mobile platforms so perhaps instead of continuing to dump money into R&D they are going to cut their losses and see what happens with HTML5 in the mobile computing environment. Again just my opinion.

  • Guest

    Yeah, but what about after android 4.0?

    no more support, that’s what.

  • http://twitter.com/Justinwrites Justin True Anderson

    Eh, anybody got news about how the volume bug is going to impact the US release?  And btw, I say we invade Canada because I’ll bet they get the GN before the US.  Blame Canada. :)

    • Anonymous

      Apparently the bug is only on 2G and for certain networks in the UK.
      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1353590

      Although, knowing Verizon they will use it as an excuse to delay it further. But it seems like a pretty big issue for those affected by it…..ouch for the UK release.

  • Dominick DeVito

    Moto trolls (actually, just AngelFace) – happy now? Zip your lip.

    • Mps623

      you mad bro?

    • EC8CH

      you mean this guy…

      I wish he would shut up… he’s so annoying

    • Mctypething

      u a loser bro?

      • Dominick DeVito

        Did I hurt your bend-over buddy’s feelings?

      • Guest

        you a dick bro?

        • Mctypething

          u still mad about me writing “U ___ bro”, bro?

          • Guest

            you still a dick… for typing “u mad bro” dick?

          • Mctypething

            u still a piece of sh*t loser trolling my comments, bro?

          • Guest

            you a dick bro?

    • djembeman

      Moto trolls??? Maybe you’re a Galaxy Nexus Troll? This article is about ICS, which Motorola will be a part of. Flash support is applicable to all Android phone manufacturers. I just wish, motorola included, that they would stop making new phones with iPhone limitations. No SD card support, no removable battery.

      • EC8CH

        Sorry this article is directly related to the rumor that the G-Nex will lack flash support.  It mentions it directly.

      • Dominick DeVito

        It was half-heartedly directed at one person, relax buddy.

  • Jrod196

    Who cares about flash support. Seriously, I love Android and could give a shnizz if its on there or not. Why would I want something that doesn’t enhance any part of my mobile browsing experience?

    • Anonymous

      because sometimes you need a menu from a restaurant that built their entire site in flash? It’s not a matter of whether flash is good or not–a lot of web content is locked in flash, and I want to be able to access all of it.

      • http://twitter.com/Justinwrites Justin True Anderson

        Srsly, relax.  Flash will be the easy to sideload.  And, that’s why we have such an awesome dev community.

        • Anonymous

          Sideloading an old version is one thing… Have a version optimized for a 4.0 is another story.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jonathanf Jonathan Fingas

        This is the reason to kill mobile Flash, not save it.

        That restaurant will keep using its Flash page as long as it thinks enough people can see it.  Tell the location that no one on a smartphone can see its site and it’ll change.

        It’s not the responsibility of software teams to support the badly designed web.  Microsoft propped up bad IE rendering and ActiveX out of a sense of legacy, and that plagued the Internet for years.

    • Mctypething

      u an idiot bro?

      • Guest

        you a dick bro?

    • http://twitter.com/howzball Mike

      I think it’s only fair that the kids running the latest and greatest phones/tablets with ice cream sandwich on them should have their experience bogged down to a crawl with flash as well, don’t you?

  • ted

    It it me? Or does something Smell fishy here?

    • Anonymous

      Thats what she said

      • Anonymous

        Meh… probably what he said.

  • Anonymous

    I find Flash annoying enough on a PC, why do we need it for phones so badly?

    • Anonymous

      It would be fine if people would stop building webpages with flash video/animation. My own company webpage that I created has a flash animated intro page. I am going to convert it to something else. Flash has been a nuisance since its creation.

  • D+T→n(14.1MeV)+α(3.5MeV)

    Good, I don’t have to
    skip over ICS, or use hybrid ICS/GB ROMs. Let’s hope that it doesn’t take as
    long to get flash on 4.0 as it did to get to Android period. It shouldn’t, but
    “shouldn’t” doesn’t always mean “will”. Time will tell. Hey! maybe it’ll be done
    in late 2012, in time for the US release of the Nexus.

  • Anonymous

    The update will probably be out before the phone we’re supposed to be using it on comes out.

    • Mctypething

      u pessimistic bro?

      • Guest

        you a dick bro?

        • Mctypething

          u a Guest bro?

          • Guest

            you a dick bro?

          • Anonymous

            Lol, I think he’s annoying, but he’s definitely more funny than you.

          • Anonymous

            Mctypething is entertaining. Angelface is annoying and should be banned from the internet for being an annoying little runt

          • Guest

            BOTH OF THEM!!!

          • Anonymous

            You are worse.  At least they attach names and personalities to their posts.  You just come in as Guest, repeat the same dick joke over and over again.  Whoever said you like more than the word is correct. 

          • Guest

            when he stops, i’ll stop.

          • Mctypething

            u mad bro?

          • Guest

            ..

          • Guest

            you a dick bro?

      • Anonymous

        No we’re mad.

      • Guest

        ..

    • Anonymous

      What happens when a new update to Android comes out? Will Android not support flash on versions 4.1+?

      • Anonymous

        You’ll probably see updates, but only for maintenance, bug fixes, and the like.  No new features.

  • Anonymous

    Not good. Because end of 2011 sounds like it’s after GN release. Which means GN would launch without flash support.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if VZW withheld releasing the GN until flash is ready.

    • http://boardsandbrews.wordpress.com Enzy

      Stop giving them ideas on ways to keep pushing back the phone.

      • Anonymous

        I could totally see them using the new volume issue as a reason to hold it back further even though early reports are showing that it only occurs while on 2G in the UK.

  • EC8CH

    Good on the Storage Front…
    Good on the Flash Front…

    Still waiting on the Release Date Front!!!

    • Mctypething

      u impatient bro?

      • Guest

        you a dick bro?

        • Mctypething

          u like that word a lot bro?

          • Anonymous

            I don’t think it’s just the word he likes…bro

          • Anonymous

            Ya… “Guest” has really big internet muscles.

          • Guest

            you a dick too bro?

          • Guest

            you a dick bro?

          • Tyrian

            you a coward, bro?

          • Guest

            you a dick too bro?

  • Anonymous

    Mehhhhhhhhh I rarely use Flash on my Xoom or my phone(OG now RAZR)….Flash is no deal breaker for me.

  • Anonymous

    in other words, the Galaxy nexus will have it on by the time the US gets it in Q1 2012

  • Chris G

    Still can’t get ICS on GNex, so total non issue.

  • Anonymous

    Yup, Happy camper

  • Michael Potter

    Now that that is settled, Galaxy, COME TO ME!

  • http://twitter.com/shehippie shehippie

    Cool!

  • Anonymous

    So just like on the Xoom.

  • Jose Avila

    Sweet, Knew thy would.

  • Anonymous

    This is good news.  Now, let’s get some news about the release of G-Nex.

  • Anonymous

    amazing