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Adobe to End New Installs of Flash on Android as of August 15

Last November, Adobe announced that it was ending development of Flash Player for mobile platforms, opting not to optimize the plug-in for new browser, operating system, and device configurations. Adobe's announcement came roughly a year and a half after Steve Jobs penned his "Thoughts on Flash" open letter outlining why Apple had decided not to allow Flash to run on its iOS devices.

Now nearly eight months after Adobe's announcement, the company is officially pulling Flash from the Google Play marketplace for Android for new users. Those users who already have Flash installed on their Android devices will, however, be able to continue receiving updates.
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.
Adobe also notes that Flash is officially not certified for use with the upcoming Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" previewed earlier this week, and users are encouraged to uninstall Flash if and when they update their Android devices to Jelly Bean.

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28 months ago
Does this mean we no longer have to hear: "No flash? Yeah, that's a deal-breaker right there." from the anti-iOS folks?

Oh well, at least they'll still have: "No removable battery? Yeah, that's a deal-breaker right there."
Rating: 107 Votes
28 months ago
Goodbye Flash, won't miss you.
Rating: 95 Votes
28 months ago
where are all the people that said "no Flash on iOS ?! Apple is doomed !" ?
Rating: 77 Votes
28 months ago
opting not to optimize the plug-in for new browser, operating system, and device configurations.

Translated to "we could not program or create a better version of our piece of sh-t program we bought off another company who bought off another company and didn't change for almost 14+ years"

Steve
Jobs
Was
Right
Rating: 66 Votes
28 months ago

where are all the people that said "no Flash on iOS ?! Apple is doomed !" ?


They're in the "The SGIII is the best phone in the world, and Apple is doomed" forum.
Rating: 52 Votes
28 months ago
hopefully this is the death of flash!!!
Rating: 41 Votes
28 months ago
Wow, early birthday gift for me!
Rating: 34 Votes
28 months ago
Good riddance...
Rating: 30 Votes
28 months ago
Too bad Steve Jobs didn't not live long enough to get confirmation from Adobe that he was right about Flash - he got so much heat for it and now Adobe basically admits that he was right.

R.I.P. Steve
Rating: 29 Votes
28 months ago

Does this mean we no longer have to hear: "No flash? Yeah, that's a deal-breaker right there." from the anti-iOS folks?

Oh well, at least they'll still have: "No removable battery? Yeah, that's a deal-breaker right there."


I'm happy flash is dead, but Android still has advantages over iOS:
1) More choice in phones (which can lead to removable batteries, better cameras, various screen sizes, etc...)
2) A less locked down app store. There can be browsers other than safari wrappers on the Google Play store.
3) Being able to set default clients (email, browser, etc...)
4) Google Maps. (I hope apple can pull off their own mapping solution, but google maps look better right now).
Lots of other things I'm probably forgetting.

But at the same time, iOS has a lot of nice things about it that I would miss if I moved to android (iPhone owner here, trying to decide what phone to get next):
1) Better games (graphics support is more consistant on apple devices, so game devs have an easier time developing for these).
2) Will continue to get firmware updates for years (though, google makes most of the apps that Apple has baked into the OS be updatable from the Play store, so not getting a new OS on android isn't too big of a deal).
3) Nice consistent feeling. This has gotten better with Android ICS, but few people have that.
4) Good customer support. When **** breaks with apple devices, their customer service rocks.
5) Consistency. As much as people like the control android gives you, it tends to make troubleshooting these devices for computer illiterate people a lot more difficult.
Rating: 27 Votes

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