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.
Adobe Reader received an update this morning that brought with it an “Add Text” tool. In a previous update, Reader was given signature support, form filling, and doodling fun, but you weren’t able to simply add text. I can’t tell you how many times I have tried either, so I’m excited for this new addition. The Reader team also improved the file organizer, allowing you to create folders and copy, move, rename and delete files. They included more form filling options as well.
- Add text to your PDFs with the Add Text tool
- Use forms that have Field Validation, Calculation, and Formatting
- Organize and manage your documents in Reader’s improved file organizer. Create folders, copy, move, rename, and delete files.
- Help us make Reader better by optionally sharing anonymous usage data with us
- Fixed several bugs and performance issues
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. (more…)
When Friday rolls around each week, we tend to see a bunch of app updates hit the Play store as teams finish up projects before heading into the weekend. This week is no exception, as new releases of Facebook, Tumblr, Adobe Flash and AIR, Total Commander, and Nova Launcher all showed up within the last 24 hours. Most of them were released to squash bugs, but with apps like Nova and Tumblr, we get some new goodies to talk about. (more…)
How many times have you received a PDF document that needed a signature, yet all you hand on you was your phone? No way to print, no way to scan once you printed, just a phone with a big beautiful screen. Oh, and you also didn’t feel like shelling out the $4.99 that PDF signature apps run for these days. How nice would it be if the actual Adobe Reader app included a feature like this. Wait, they do? They do! As of today.
In the Google Play store, you will find one of the better updates to an Adobe app in a long time. In version 10.2 you can use their ne Ink Signature tool to sign documents, easily mark them up with a freehand tool, add comments or sticky notes, fill out boxes in forms, and send to others for electronic signing using Adobe EchoSign. Nice work, Adobe.
Adobe announced a couple of months ago that its mobile version of Flash would no longer be developed for and that it was essentially dead. At one time, mobile Flash was one of the #1 selling points for Android phone manufacturers. Once Froyo hit, you couldn’t turn around without seeing Moto or HTC or Verizon bragging about the “full web” thanks to Adobe Flash. Now that those days are all but over and major apps like Chrome will not have mobile Flash, we are wondering if it matters to anyone. The web is moving more and more towards HTML5 and according to our poll yesterday, folks have decided that apps without Flash might be more valuable compared to those that have it. So let us know, will you miss Flash?
Many people realized after downloading Chrome for Android beta that it did not support Adobe’s Flash. Should we be surprised by this? Well, Adobe doesn’t think so. Last November they did announce that they would no longer be developing Flash for mobile browsers. So any new browsers that come to the Market, we can expect there to be no Flash support:
Today Google introduced Chrome for Android Beta. As we announced last November, Adobe is no longer developing Flash Player for mobile browsers, and thus Chrome for Android Beta does not support Flash content. Flash Player continues to be supported within the current Android browser.
No shock here, folks. But could the lack of Flash support turn you off from the new Chrome beta? At least for now until something better comes along?
Since we know that Adobe is no longer adding features to Flash 11 and AIR, the new updates that were released this morning can be nothing more than security fixes. We love updates, but these reminders that mobile Flash is dead are sort of depressing.
Market Links: Flash | AIR
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