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?
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. (more…)