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?
What is one way to make your new Samsung Galaxy Nexus better than it already is? How about adding Flash onto it? That’s right, head on over to the Android Market now and you can download the application that was one of the biggest Android selling points as an OS. There was some fear that Flash would never make it onto the new Nexus after Adobe’s closing of it in the past couple weeks, but everyone that got on the Android 4.0 train should be set to go now. Adobe has made good on their promise to provide us with an application that works with ICS and we are going to enjoy it.
We know that further development of Flash for Android is dead, but that doesn’t mean they won’t continue to make the already existing app better and more secure for current users. Plus, they have told us that there will be an updated version for Ice Cream Sandwich available. Today, Adobe has just released an updated Adobe Flash complete with some more security fixings and patches.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus may not support Adobe Flash 11 or AIR yet, but it will at some point in December according to the latest blog post from the Flash team. We were informed a week ago that they would bring support by the end of the year to Flash, so this matches up to that report while also tossing in an Adobe AIR mention. After both of these apps are updated though, don’t expect to see many more. With development halted on mobile platforms, we’ll have to look to community developers to make versions available to newer devices.
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?
A couple of updates to some of our favorite apps are available in the market as I type this. Google Maps jumped to version 5.12.0 and includes live event listings in Places pages for some major global players like New York, San Francisco, Paris, Zurich and London. The GMaps team also removed the “Post to Twitter” option from reviews in Places – is it just me or does that seem really odd? Anyone taking bets on a G+ sharing option soon?
The other update is for Adobe’s Flash Player 11, which as you all know, has essentially been given the ax going forward. In build 18.104.22.168, we see “performance improvements and bug fixes” that have to do with security and stability. That’s it.
Is this the last Flash update that we will ever see? Tough to tell. I can’t imagine that Adobe would stop putting out security fixes as they are needed. We just won’t be seeing anything new that you would write home to your mother about.
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