Adobe confirms Android 4.1 won’t get Flash, and it’s also pulling the Flash app on August 15th

by: LucianJune 29, 2012

It seems this is the end of the road for Flash on mobile devices. Adobe tried their best to bring Flash to the mobile world, to both Android and iOS, but we all know what Steve Jobs thought about Flash, so that was never going to become a reality. Flash, even today, has poor performance on mobile devices, unless you own at least a dual core smartphone. With the world moving on to h.264/HTML5 video, there is less and less reason for Adobe to continue to pour resources into developing Flash for mobile/Android.

Both Adobe and Google have said last year that Android 4.0 is the last version to support Flash, and Google also said Chrome wasn’t going to support it when they launched the beta version earlier this year. Adobe is announcing again that they won’t support Android 4.1 going forward, in either browser, so don’t think you’ll be able to use it in Firefox or something.

If you want to continue to use Flash, you’ll have to use only an Android 4.0 or earlier device that comes with Flash pre-installed, or alternatively, you’ll have to install it by August 15th, because that’s when Adobe will also pull the Flash app from the Play Store, and you won’t be able to get it from the store from that date forward. Hopefully now that Flash is gone from the mobile world forever, we’ll see sites adopt HTML5 video at an accelerated rate, because otherwise their viewers won’t be able to view videos on mobiles.

  • Umer

    Adobe you suck as a company….you ruined the best thing and set the world ten years back in the field of multimedia. Making interactive sites and games was best done in Flash.

  • Kookas

    Bloody hell. Jobs says a couple of things, and that’s it for Flash? That’s absolutely ridiculous. Many websites out there use Flash for loads of things. For example, the BBC – the world’s largest broadcasting company, might I add – still haven’t migrated to HTML5 because, as I have been told by one of their staff, live streaming is not part of the spec. Still others just haven’t bothered. When you include a YouTube video on AndroidAuthority’s website, it won’t work unless I switch over from Chrome to the stock browser to run Flash (though that’s your fault not YouTube’s and you should fix it).

  • NOOOO!!! i don’t care if it performs terribly.. i just want to be able to view flash sites. so many restaurant sites are built in Flash and you can only see them on android right now.

  • This is partially incorrect. If you have ever installed Flash on any previous Android device, you can still reinstall it even if Adobe removes it. If you’ve been an Android user for a long time, try it out. Go to the Play Store and go to My Apps, then swipe over to All and scroll all the way down, bet you can find apps that no longer exist and yet you can still install them.

  • Doesn’t dolphin browser have flash baked in? Does that change for 4.1?

  • WHY!?? Flash is one of the reason why I bought an Android device. It would make sense to remove flash in 2 years time but a lot of sites still use it now. Now i don’t know whether I should upgrade to the latest OS when it comes or I should stick with 4.0

  • Cil

    This is just ridiculous! I’ve suffered forever because I couldn’t see anything Flash in my symbian devices. Symbian was, and still is, the biggest vendor of phones. The ones I bought never had flash support. However, the world did turn around to other softs because of that. You know… I win one more reason to never buy anything Apple related.