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Adobe: Flash Not Certified for Jelly Bean, Will Block Users From Downloading It After August 15


If you are running Jelly Bean in some form, you can go into the Google Play store and download Adobe Flash. It even works pretty well. However, since Adobe killed off development of mobile Flash back in November, they have announced that it has not been certified for Android 4.1 and that the experience could be unpredictable. They also want users to know that after August 15, they will kill off downloads of the app through the Google Play store, for those that do not already have it installed. Since they are no longer certifying it for new OS versions or phones, they probably do not want users downloading it, having a horrible experience, and then trashing them through ratings. 

Here is the full statement:

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.

The easiest way to ensure ongoing access to Flash Player on Android 4.0 or earlier devices is to use certified devices and ensure that the Flash Player is either pre-installed by the manufacturer or installed from Google Play Store before August 15th. If a device is upgraded from Android 4.0 to Android 4.1, the current version of Flash Player may exhibit unpredictable behavior, as it is not certified for use with Android 4.1. Future updates to Flash Player will not work. We recommend uninstalling Flash Player on devices which have been upgraded to Android 4.1.

Sad times or have you already moved on from Flash?

Via:  Adobe

Cheers Jigga_Z!

  • Matthew Merrick

    Flash is dead. heh. yeah, right. the other day at work i went to a SHOCKWAVE powered site

  • feztheforeigner

    That’s when I go to the University of Texas for my freshman year!

    I know it doesn’t apply, I’m just excited!

  • iwantthatphone

    Flash/Flex is more than streaming videos. Aside from the politics, at least from my experience, HTML5 (with some additional video/audio and layout tag) is NOT a Flash/Flex replacement, at least yet. HTML5+Javascript+CSS+SomeMiddlewareTechnology really really far stretched in a very ugly way may “mimic” Flash/Flex.

    First, it’s like comparing apples with oranges. HTML (go and read up on its history) was created to serve static content with very low level of interactivity, if any, via Web browser. On the other hand, Flash/Flex was created/architected to serve highly dynamic and interactive content, like desktop apps, via Web browser. Second, (don’t get fooled by the marketing campaigns) HTML5 by itself doesn’t mean anything. It requires highly complex and bloated Javascript and CSS to mimic even the simple things in Flash/Flex. Let’s not even get into the browser compatibility issues, all of the various middleware technologies (not so compatible with each other) needed to “push” the data/business logic to the app running inside the browser, and deep lack of tools to generate highly interactive, dynamic, and sophisticated and professional looking content for HTML.

    If you disagree or can’t see what the differences are, go and knock yourself out trying to create a highly interactive, dynamic web, and sophisticated content with HTML5+Javascript+CSS+SomeMiddleWareTechnology. And compare that with the same created with Flash/Flex. BTW, good luck debugging and maintaining code written in HTML5+JavaScript+OthersRequired. Javascript frameworks (Dojo,JQuery, and so on that are not compatible with each other…) would help but they themselves are not enough with added complexity.

    The point here is not that one technology is better than the other as a whole. Each was created to serve a different purpose. Using Flash/Flex for static content is an overkill. Using HTML for dynamic/interactive content is a really big stretch. Let’s not mix up hammers with screw drivers. Can’t help but feel that we are going one step forward to go two steps backward here.

    BTW, on mobile platforms, native apps (iOS and Android) look and feel the best, not some HTML or Flash app running side the browser. Anyway, sorry to lose a very good technology but just hope that we know what we are getting into or losing before getting swayed by some marketing geniuses. Not sure about Google, but can’t see how Apple and Microsoft can really make money (at least directly) by pushing “open” standards like HTML and Javascript, other than killing Flash since it has more than 90% penetration. Therefore, can’t see HTML5+Javascript really maturing anytime soon. If that was the case and HTML+Javascript was that simple/easy/very productive for the developers to produce highly interactive and dynamic content like Flash/Flex , most Flash/Flex stuff should have been replaced or converted already.

  • iwantthatphone

    Didn’t Abode get a new CIO or CEO recently?

  • NorCalGuy

    as long as it works now (JellyBean) and i have it saved in tibackup i am good, if there is ever a major update (which seems highly unlikely) i can always nandroid back to ICS and download the update and save it back in my TiBackUp folder.

  • Kisuk3

    I’ve moved on, I just wish more mainstream websites would.

  • Emilio Figueroa

    The reason it’s being phased out of android is because there is a flash over the cloud coming soon to major platforms which would have much better performance than regular flash.

  • jdrch

    Tough pill to swallow, but bearing in mind the difficulty in certifying Flash across multiple mobile platform and OSes, Adobe’s decision is understandable.

  • Barlog

    I’m at work right now so I don’t have time to sift through the comments but it someone has a Apk of Flash I would appreciate it thanks


      ? you can still download it.. or google it if u need to but its stilll up..

  • Im sorry but HTML5 will never take off. Flash is probably going to be around forever. I would even bet the reenable it later on.

  • unexpected62

    I honestly wouldn’t give a crap but I just discovered that southparkstudios.com works brilliantly for watching episodes with flash!! NOOOOOO!

  • Someone remind me why Adobe dumped flash on mobile? because of crapple? wtf, Adobe Flash can and should work on hundreds of million devices and they chose to stop supporting it?

  • Jake

    The Flash experience on mobile has never been ideal, but I still frequent a number of sites that require flash. I’ve made Chrome my default browswer, but every day I still have to jump over to the Android Browser when I encounter a site that needs Flash Player.
    HTML5 isn’t perfect, either. With HTML5 videos I often find myself pressing the play button several times and nothing happens. Sometimes there’s no animation to indicate whether an HTML5 video is caching or is stuck. Some just don’t play at all. Some times the bar at the bottom that shows elapsed time gets stuck, even though the video is playing fine, so I can’t tell how far I am into a video or how much is left to go.
    Another problem is that some sites, like the Verge, that serve videos in both Flash and HTML5 don’t work properly with Chrome. If you visit those sites an iOS device, it will give you an HTML5 video, but if you visit from mobile Chrome it says that you need Adobe Flash.

  • digitalicecream

    Uninstalled then. problem solved.

  • Dave

    What? Flash was one of the main reasons
    I went with Android over iOS and the reason I still won’t use chrome…

  • fgclolz

    Message to Adobe: Since you don’t care about Flash for mobile anymore, how about licensing it to a third party software dev or making it open source so other talented people can work on it?

  • V.A. N.

    Flash wasn’t that bad. However, where is the promise that is HTML5? It’s been how many years since Steve Jobs and other high profile tech people touted this as the future?

    If Adobe is going to kill Flash for mobile, then at least kill Flash for the desktop and get the ball rolling for HTML 5. Until this happens, Flash still has some use for me. The mobile web experience must be the same as the desktop.

  • Silver Veloz

    Previous poll here on Droid-Life back in February, 2012 regarding Flash:

  • Epell

    Adobe’s attitude on Flash player mobile has entered Depression stage of grief.
    1. Denial: HTML5 is not going to replace Flash.
    2. Anger: *Unseen to public eyes.
    3. Bargaining: Look, we made mobile version of Flash, please continue using us.
    4. Depression: HTML 5 is going to replace Flash sooner or later, why bother even trying?

    Well, perhaps chrome mobile will have boxed in flash like its desktop counterpart.

    • florious80

      Apparently it does not currently.

  • mz

    Oh Hell! What about them porn video sites? 😉

  • Jake

    Flash was one big selling point Android had over iOS. That’s going away along with removeable batteries, sd card slots, etc. Native Turn-by-turn navigation is no longer unique to Android. Lots of awesome Android features have made their way into the newest iOS versions. Now we have Google handicapping the Nexus Q to only work with Play Store content, then pricing it three times higher than it should be…a lot like Apple does.
    It looks like Google is trying to turn Android into iOS. If that’s what’s happening, then I might as well just get an iPhone, and enjoy its nice hardware, better resale value, stable software, killer app/game selection, wide variety of media content providers, and thousands of third party accessories and support.

  • This is good news. Flash is dead. I took it off my phone, it was the cause of too many problems.

  • ddevito

    good riddance to bad rubbish

  • Attention Porn Sites! This has been in the works for awhile now, move that ass

  • Scott Willenborg

    They should change that logo to “FU”

  • The Dude

    Flash is obviously the black jelly bean… the first person that says “racist” will get my collection of disgusting black jelly beans that I’ve sorted out and horded for all these years, awaiting this moment of revenge…Or if you just like them you can have them.

    • MikeKorby

      pic or it never happened

      • MikeKorby

        well played sir… well played.

    • JFB


    • Mike

      Im Black and thought your comment was quite funny.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    F*** Flash

  • adobe flash always crash how it is?

  • TheDrunkenClam

    Why would adobe end developing flash for mobile devices in the first place? I love chrome browser but since it doesn’t have flash, I don’t use it. Its not like it would be so hard for adobe to update it a little. Or just license Google to do it. They’d do it real quick.

    • A few reasons:

      Adoption is likely the bugaboo. Even in a post-Jobs era, Apple was never going to support Flash for some very valid technical reasons (battery, stability, security). Android, as big as it is, can’t dictate widespread adoption of Flash on its own. If a large chunk of smartphones (and the clear majority of tablets) don’t support Flash, web developers won’t use it.

      On top of that, a lot of the claims Adobe made in the “Apple is the devil incarnate for not using Flash” era just weren’t accurate. Flash doesn’t work well for touchscreen games, or indeed a lot of touch interface elements. HTML5 can work just fine for most video and many mobile web apps. Some of this is simply technology catching up (more complete HTML5, faster hardware), but a lot of it is Adobe just accepting that it can’t force an entire industry to use a proprietary format while claiming to have a standard.

      Not to mention the question of execution: Adobe promised a desktop-grade version of Flash for every non-iOS platform under the sun, but it never really got past Android, and that was delayed by a good year or more. BlackBerry (pre-10), Symbian and webOS all basically died between when Adobe announced Flash plans and actually followed through, and Microsoft wants nothing to do with Flash on Windows Phone. Combine that with the early performance issues, and Adobe wasn’t exactly making a compelling case for why it should keep throwing cash and staff at mobile Flash.

      • reecocarva

        Pepper is code name for flash on chrome.

  • Glen

    I would not be concerned about this move if the Web were further along with their transition to HTML 5. I run all browsers with it tiurned off, but find that I have to enable flash on numerous sites throughout the day. I think that we should have the option–given fair warning about possoble performance inconsistencies–of continuing to use flash. Adobe appears to be adddressing this to those who, unlike the tech community, would be unable to grasp that performance issues are related to the OS and hardware platform as well as the program. This does not seem like a difficult leap, given the performance differences we already see for the same program on different phone and tablet models today. It is sad.

    • Glen

      I only enable flash when it is necessary to complete the core function of the Web page, which is still far too often.

  • Am i the only one who knows about the app “flash video browser”?

    • Jason

      After reading the Play description this is really only used for times when a video won’t play due to it being brought up as a mobile device. Not sure how this app is relevant to what were talking about is all. Maybe I missed something?

  • EvanTheGamer

    I honestly don’t use Flash much anymore on my Galaxy Nexus. I still continue to use Dolphin Browser HD, which is my overall favorite browser currently, but don’t really go to any Flash enabled sites so I guess it doesn’t make a difference to me whether or not Flash is no longer an option in the future.

  • Jason Purp

    They don’t care about the app anymore, so they’re removing it so it doesn’t get bad ratings on the market. What

  • r0lct

    I’m sure Google is loving this anyway. They like Apple don’t want to have their browsers dependent on another platform and it’s related plugins.

  • Jeff Tycz

    I use chrome now which does not support flash anyway so no big deal to me. Anyway its not like we didnt know about this already

    • The only reason I have to use the Android browser. Still I am at 98% Chrome use for my web needs.

  • Which means that Flash will likely never be integrated in Mobile Chrome…


    It is somewhat funny that support for flash was such a huge marketing point in the early days of Android development and even today is a great feature that iOs can’t match. Seems a shame that we are losing that now that Android is mainstream.

  • Asuriyan

    Adobe: Do We Look Like We Give a Damn? Do You Have Any Idea How Much We Make on Photoshop? (TM)

  • QQpayne

    Flash is over, I wish websites would stop using it already so that i don’t have to worry about whether or not my phone will be fully functioning on the net. Currently running 2 browsers on my Gnex because of Flash.

    • John

      It’s the main reason I don’t use Chrome for Android. I actually do need it for quite a few sites I frequent.

    • Bionicman

      i actually am only using the ICS stock browser because of FLASH. a lot of the sites i visit still require it. though after the latest update, i LOVE Chrome on my transformer.

    • none

      yeah….Flash is over…now if it would only stop being everywhere and if everyone would just stop using it to make your statement consistent with reality 🙂

  • John

    Just another reason why you’ll want to root, since I imagine it’ll be possible with that.

  • Bunie

    flash sucks. HTML5 should have replaced Flash -Long- ago.

    • John

      Yes but in today’s world that’s not the way it is. A LOT of sites still use flash.

      • slayer91790

        The mobile industry is the future and websites will learn that which they will move to HTML5.

        • John

          Yep. BUT UNTIL THEN I need my Flash

          • @webmastir2:disqus @slayer91790:disqus You are both right. Flash is dead but no one knows except Adobe. (maybe Google and Apple)

    • TheDrunkenClam

      Not being a smart ass here, I’m genuinely curious: if HTML is so great, why hasn’t it replaced flash? Also, is HTML simply built into a the webpage, making any browser capable ofdisplaying the content? What I mean by this is, if you were to give an example of a site that uses HTML and I were to go there would it work? And if not on my phone, would it work on my windows laptop? Finally, can you give an example ofa site with HTML ?

      • TheDrunkenClam


      • HTML is the basic structure of what every website is built on, and is supported natively by every browser – mobile or otherwise. Flash is a chunky plug-in that you have to download and update separately.

  • sc0rch3d

    adobe shunning google is not something they need right now

  • LucasMonroe

    I don’t understand why Adobe is doing this.

    • zorak19620

      From what I’ve seen, the web is moving away from flash video, and moving towards HTML 5.

      • “moving away” and not ‘moved away’. I still think it’s premature, but I understand there has to an EoL for everything.

        • zorak19620

          That’s true, but I think Adobe is purposely killing it off in an effort to help shift everything to HTML 5 even faster.

          • But why? They make money on Flash, not on html5…it seems very strange.

          • zorak19620

            I figure the profit margin isn’t big enough for Adobe to put more resources for mobile development, otherwise they would continue support for it.

        • Gritchu

          We don’t need another ie6 issue because they didn’t know when to let go and move on. . I do a lot of work at my company with flash, but mostly for museum interactives and digital signage. It’s still great for those types of closed environments, but it has grown a bit old for web use.

      • V.A. N.

        That’s what they have been saying for years…..it’s not happening.

        • jdrch


          • michael arazan

            Why don’t they introduce HTML5 before just abandoning flash. I don’t mind losing flash if there is something else viable to replace. Leaving nothing to use to watch videos from hulu and other sites for free tv or movies is going to cause an uproar. Or is this why google is finally allowing tv and buying movies finally?

      • AlexKCMO

        Unless you stop supporting flash in the desktop world, it will never truly go away. There are a good amount of sites still using flash for basic layouts. The mobile versions of these sites suck.

    • MikeKorby

      my guess is because they are tired of trying to patch security exploits on the android version of flash. I think that they did not find it to be beneficial for them as a company to continually try and send out updates when a large segment of the market has moved on from them.