Adobe will pull the plug on Flash for Android tomorrow. So long!

by: Andrew GrushAugust 14, 2012

It’s the early 2000s, and the Internet is a place that is quickly evolving. One of the standards that leads the pack for online video and gaming is the technology known as Adobe Flash. The sky is the limit and the future seems bright for the technology.

Fast-forward to today and the scene has dramatically changed. After years of boasting that it would bring its rich multimedia experience to the mobile and PC world alike, Adobe announced last year that it would be stopping development of Flash for mobile devices. The company has bowed down in defeat, realizing that HTML5 had quickly turned into the format that will lead the mobile world into the future.

Back in June, Adobe made it clear that they would be pulling the plug on Adobe Flash for Android on August 15th of this year, and the day has finally come.  Starting tomorrow, Adobe will block new installs of Flash on Android, essentially removing its presence from the mobile world. How did this change happen? Some will argue that the standard failed because Adobe could never get Apple to stand behind it with iOS. Equally as devastating, Adobe had opportunities to turn their mobile position around with Android, but never really effectively marketed its integration features with Google’s popular mobile OS.

It’s strange to think that Flash is basically dead, even if it technically stills exists and is supported in the PC world. Without a strategy to move forward and support the mobile world, Adobe has more than likely put the final nail in the coffin for their media standard.

What do you think of HTML5 so far? Will you miss Flash, going forward?

  • It’s like aputating a leg because of a wart…..

    • Zaeem S.

      The wart has a name; Apple.

  • avrami

    its all because of apple they are so full of them selves they have this whole article that flash is closed and that they don’t allow flash because they try to be as open as possible full of garbage

  • I like Android Os

  • lukad

    I’m not really sad. I don’t even have flash installed on my android phone.

  • MasterMuffin

    :( now I’m going to have to use skyfire :(

  • hvdgbnjfccv

    Someone want to make those braindead idiots at the BBC realise that iplayer on Android is now permanently broken….

  • Deepak Giri

    Is that a spelling mistake: Adobe as Abode? ;->

  • Flash for Android

    Flash player app

  • horrible development, flash is still used for plenty of videos and websites. Such a bad move by Adobe

  • Brandon

    Flash isn’t dead. It’s more Alive than ever. Adobe is still supporting flash just not on mobile anymore. Generally when a company does that, they’re planning something big and it will involve flash. Expect to see it strong for another fifteen years or so…minimum.

  • :( now I’m going to have to use skyfire :(

  • :( now I’m going to have to use skyfire :(