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Adobe Sticks A Fork In Flash For Android

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Jun 29, 2012, 9:28 AM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome

Adobe is effectively killing off its Flash Player browser plug-in for Android. The current version of Flash will be removed from the Google Play store on August 15th. As previously announced, Adobe won't develop a version for Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), and the current version of Flash - if it works at all - won't be supported by Adobe on Android 4.1. Users can only maintain a certified installation of Flash - including future security updates - if they have a device that came with Flash pre-installed and do not update to Android 4.1. Users who download the Flash Player themselves from Google Play before August 15 technically have an "non-certified" installation, but may continue to receive security updates as long as they don't upgrade to Android 4.1. The news is no surprise, as Adobe announced over seven months ago that it was halting development of Flash Player for mobile devices. The company promised to continue releasing security fixes, however, and one such update was just released earlier this month. Adobe has refocused its mobile efforts on Adobe AIR and HTML5.

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eskeebel

Jun 30, 2012, 10:30 AM

Apple called it...

They said all of this a few years back...the Android community blasted them for it, but I understood what they were saying.

I'm not a professional web developer, but i've build 5 web sites in the past year - each of them without even an ounce of flash in them. They are all fully functional, with sliding graphics, video functionality and audio built in. They all play nicely with my iPhone/iPad, my friends Android devices, my friends blackberry devices (kinda slow on BB). HTML5 is an efficient tool and works well on mobile and on computers.

I think this is a win for the mobile community, and i'm excited to see what Adobe does with AIR for mobile. I'm a huge fan of Adobe, but Flash for Mobile was not my favorite.

I think all of the And...
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Apple didn't 'call it' they MADE it happen....by waging war on Adobe, Apple was able to successfully marginalize the company and wipe them out of the mobile space....

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ibnturab

Jul 1, 2012, 3:07 PM

While Flash may suck, we still need it now

I personally have always hated flash, it slows down web page loading on my already slow net connection. But a ton of sites are already have it and its going to take a few years before they adopt html5 as such a move is expensive and time consuming.
So in the meanwhile, we will still need flash support in our mobile browsers if we plan on browsing many pages. So why not support it for now until better options are implemented instead of the cold turkey route ?
bluecoyote

Jun 29, 2012, 2:16 PM

Some future Flash had!

Flash on mobile was an unmitigated disaster from day one. I'm speaking from experience- my HTC Evo usually is stuck deciding between showing the HTML5 video content or Flash content depending on whether the site is showing the desktop or mobile version. On Flash, it's a 30 second long process to even start loading the video. On HTML5, it's 3 seconds.

Flash was simply terrible. It was late to ship, ran into numerous performance issues, and at *best* all it served as was a bridge for sites that hadn't converted to HTML5/MPEG-4. (I don't think *anyone* is going to argue that HTML5/MPEG-4 isn't superior in every way to mobile flash.)

Hard to believe this was what RIM *and* Google pinned as their competitive advantage over iOS as little a...
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cool story, bro
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bluecoyote said:
In the end, the mobile world is better because Apple (and later Microsoft) put their foot down and said it was *not* an acceptable solution to deliver mobile content.


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forumjunkie44

Jul 1, 2012, 6:31 AM

Good I hope they go out of business.

Hopefully these sites start using other software so they can tell adobe to pound sand up their rear.
MarryTheNight

Jun 29, 2012, 11:39 AM

Ooooookay....

Adobe is moving forward. Cool. So did the developers of the 100,000+ web sites that still run flash get the memo? This wouldnt be a big deal if only the majority of websites out there ran on HTML5, but that is not the case. Far from. There needs to be stronger push for HTML5
Sooo....what about Chrome browser? Flash never did play nice with Chrome?? Is there a fix??
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Adobe is moving forward. Cool. So did the developers of the 100,000+ web sites that still run flash get the memo? This wouldnt be a big deal if only the majority of websites out there ran on HTML5, but that is n
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tjobrien21

Jun 29, 2012, 12:27 PM

That kinda sucks...

Unfortunately, most of the videos/video players on websites are Flash based. And having Flash was a great way to get around the "not for mobile" thing you'll get on Youtube (why wouldn't a video be for mobile, anyway? Who cares what you're watching it on?)

Flash isn't something I used a lot, but it was a nice tool to have available. I'll be making a backup, I'm not ready to let it go yet.
tjobrien21 said:
Unfortunately, most of the videos/video players on websites are Flash based. And having Flash was a great way to get around the "not for mobile" thing you'll get on Youtube (why wouldn't a video be for mobile, anyw
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Views on mobile devices don't count towards the offical 'views' count on You Tube, and the 'views' count determines how much money they get from the advertising.....channels that make money from the ads on the videos are thus likely to not support mob...
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