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Reminder: New Installs of Adobe Flash to be Blocked Starting Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the day that Adobe marked as the beginning of the end for Flash on Android. Starting tomorrow, updates of Flash from Google Play will be limited to those who already have it installed on their device. Meaning, no fresh installs – only updates. Development of mobile Flash for Android was killed off in November, but the software has seen updates from time to time for security fixes.

As mentioned plenty of times previously, the newest version of Android is unsupported by Flash, so many users out there basically have no use for the application. If you’re running a device that does allow for the install of Flash, you may want to install it today before it’s gone for good.

R.I.P. Flash.

  • guess adobe is looking to go out of business like RIM..

    • Manny Subia

      …..I highly doubt that Adobe would go out of business because of this. They have an array of other programs that dominate IE- Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe PDF etc,…etc

  • Flash for Android

    http://goo.gl/Egk5c – Adobe flash player apk. Tablet app and/or phone. Both there. Just click an ad to help pay for my server. Thanks!

  • Engadget just posted something about this and they’re having a full blown riot between iOS and Android users! Glad this site doesn’t have that!

  • Ernest

    Does anyone have a link to the Flash apk file? or where to find the Flash apk file and sideload it?

  • Verbal_Judo Aka Story_Ninja

    So is their a viable alternative for sites that need flash?

    like is their a browser that can run flash sites or some other way?

    sometimes I like to watch full episodes like on HGTV and the history channel from my phone.

    I don’t use flash often but it is nice to have the option.

  • I think all of you misunderstood what’s going to happen with flash…it’s not going to disappear from google play…is just that it is not going to have more development…so don’t expect flash 12 or so…probably it even will not get more updates…but it will be there for you to download….and in the extremelly sad event it really vanish from google play, you can be sure it will be accesible on many other sites like XDA-Developers just to name one.

    • gkinsella2

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but “no fresh installs” means if you don’t have it before tomorrow, you’re not going to be able to download it from the Play Store…period.

  • sure it’s probably the beginning of the end, but for those who miss the deadline can still install flash from other sites can’t they?

  • Michael Quinlan

    There are sites I visit that use flash, but I can live without it. More often than not I see it used unnecessarily for “fluff” that makes the site load slower and serves no functional purpose. So, instead of R.I.P. I say good riddance.

  • Liderc

    I hate not having flash on my Nexus, really bothers me when trying to use like ESPN and a couple other sites that rely on flash.


    Welcome to IOS android friends…

  • RW-1

    The only thing Flash was good for was evil malware devs, and for Adobe to keep pushing updates … Haven’t had it on my mobile, and won’t miss it either.

  • Artistan

    Ahahahaha. Well… Didn’t really use flash on my phone since ICS.

  • Sirx

    This is a retarded decision, through and through. I don’t care what Google and Adobe and whoever else is pushing for–it’s not here NOW. NOW, about 75% of the internet still uses Flash. And I need my expensive-a$$ smartphone on my expensive-a@@ data plan to be able to keep up >:-(

    • The only real use for flash on a phone is to see those annoying ads and watch full porn sites.

    • Allen Byrd

      It’s alright with me. I (along with many others) never even used Flash.

  • Rickerbilly

    Screw off Adobe! You suck!

  • VinMessina

    I honestly didn’t miss Flash until I tried to watch NASA’s live feed of the Curiosity landing on my Nexus 7 (thank goodness there was a Google+ Hangout with it streaming).

  • xXAaronSXx

    Been using Chrome since the moment I could (ie got my Gnex). Never once, have I said “I miss flash”. I honestly don’t even realize that I don’t have it installed and I can’t remember ever using it when I did. HTML5 for mobile could be the future.

  • Sideload

  • Jeff Simpson

    On the one hand, I hate flash.

    On the other hand, the internet still uses flash, so I need my flash player.

    The NASA app that lets you watch live streaming of NASA TV – such as the Curiosity landing – requires flash.

    • michael arazan

      Why the hell are they quitting Flash before they have a viable substitute, HTML5? HTML5 is no where near being ready, and from what I’ve read the dates have said anywhere from 2014 to 2020 in quite a few articles since 2010 till now. So, wth? One of the top ten reasons to get an android phone was because of flash.

      • Zak

        You are 100% right. HTML is not ready. As a developer we have been forced to try and make HTML5 replacements for Flash content and at best they are clunky and only 30% of what Flash can do. Perhaps in 3 years or so the code will be there but not yet. HTML5 currently is fairly lame.

    • The bigger question is why do these sites serve Flash to mobile devices at all? These same sites like the Daily Show, NASA, ESPN and thousands of others serve non Flash content to all iOS devices and have for years. Why not simply shift to serving non Flash content to Android devices as well?

  • RBI411

    Not a big deal considering it takes no effort whatsoever to sideload flash (or any apk).

  • Daniel Maginnis

    i’m not sure what codec it uses, but my mobile porn site works perfectly well without flash (free too). i install MX player on all of my devices and it plays virtually any video file. it also allows me to play facebook videos on occasion. going from my 4″ phone screen to the 7″ on the N7 was awesome. haha

    anyhow, flash was cool for rendering webpages. but whenever i would try to watch an embedded video that was 480p or higher, the framerate would drop so bad i wouldnt even wanna watch it. this is on my droid3.

    • Dan

      “Going from a 4″ [to a] 7″ was awesome” – That’s what she said.

  • Im on JB & super pissed Flash no werk for it. Only downside to JB

    • TheDrunkenClam

      It DOES work. It has never worked for chrome. You need the stock android browser, or dolphin browser or something.

    • Tim242

      Flash works just fine on JB.

    • I am using flash on my HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus running JB custom ROM… Ofcourse I sideloaded flash and OLD VERSION of Dolphin browser and made them both System app (using Titanium Backup Pro).. Even if I updated Dolphin to latest (which obviously don’t use flash in JB phones) all I have to do is un-install updates…

  • I haven’t installed flash on my Galaxy Nexus yet. I got it at the beginning of December. I miss it sometimes, but not really.

  • Joe

    Well, OEMs can still pre-load Flash on newer phones if they put the work into making it work for whatever Android OS version they’re using.

    • allen

      Or maybe Google can build it into Chrome like the desktop version.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Google is head first with HTML5. Pretty sure we’ll never see it in the chrome browser

        • allen

          Google’s putting a lot of work in putting it into their desktop version. Why not the mobile version?

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            It’s the desktop. Can’t just yank support for actual computers that would be madness. And Google Already said they won’t be supporting flash in Chrome for Android.

          • PSU_DI

            I’m pretty sure when the first chrome beta came out for ICS, Google said they won’t support flash at all. Google also completely dropped Flash support in JB & they have even made Chrome the default browser in the N7. I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for Flash to some how be built into stock android. It is very possible OEMs will build in the support, but even then I’m not too sure about that. From now anyone that needs Flash should simply sideload the APK and be done with it.

    • TheDrunkenClam

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but its not like flash ever had any functionality within the os itself. Only within the browser. So its more like all they’ll have to do is include the stock browser … I still don’t get why just because flash isn’t official Google has decided to give up on the stock browser. Even if flash didn’t exist I still like the stock browser better than chrome.

      • capecodcarl

        It doesn’t make any sense for Google to continue to support two different browsers. It should just support the same code base as they use on the desktop and ChromeOS systems for a consistent rendering experience.

  • 4n1m4L

    rip flash, long live side loading, i guess.

  • TheDrunkenClam

    “The newest version of android is unsupported by flash”. Not sure what this means, as I’m running jellybean and flash works fine. It should be more like “flash is useless on jellybean builds that do not have the stock browser”. Although i guess you could get dolphin browser then. Anyways, I use flash a lot, and I’m not going to simply shrug it off. I like seeing the FULL desktop versions of websites. jellybelly for my gnex and team eos for my Xoom both include the stock browser, so I’m happy!

    • 4n1m4L

      not officially supported.

      • TheDrunkenClam

        That doesnt mean it just magically stops working.

        • 4n1m4L


        • It also doesn’t mean it won’t.

  • Well there goes the free porn apps .. bye bye.

  • icedrop

    HTML 5 can’t come to phones soon enough.

    • capecodcarl

      HTML 5 has been on phones since at least the original iPhone release in 2007. Remember, Apple didn’t even want native third-party applications, everything was a little HTML 5 web app.

    • PSU_DI

      It’s here, it’s just that some web developers are slower than others to convert away from Flash and Silverlight.

  • MikeSaver

    Long live HTML5!

    • TheDrunkenClam

      Has no embedded video format, so HTML5 is currently nonexistent as far as using it the way you used flash (watching videos without having to navigate away from the page to YouTube)

  • MichaelFranz

    Curious as to what about the people who have to factory reset their phone and flash is not there

    • TheDrunkenClam

      It’ll still be available as an apk download on the web. I know you won’t see it here but many people still find flash useful. After all, it used to be a feature once boasted as something that differentiates android from iOS

    • Just download an .apk thru the powers of the internet, i guess

      • MichaelFranz

        yes we all know that, what about Joe Schmo who has to have VZW set up their phone every time. Most of these people wont know and then when they see this weird icon where there should be a video they will be calling that carriers support line

      • MichaelFranz

        again, not everyone roots

    • you just side load the apk onto your phone – quick and simple.

      • MichaelFranz

        would someone you know that isnt phone savy be able to do this?

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