Adobe: Chrome for Android does not Support Flash

by: Christine TorralbaFebruary 8, 2012
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Earlier today, Google released the beta version of Chrome for Android which excited a lot of people. One of the things that attracted people to the browser is because it provides support for the internet’s modern standards. At the same time, it includes several features which are not found on the default browser of Android. Unfortunately, there is one feature that is not included on the mobile port—the integrated Flash runtime.

Because this saddened a lot of people, Adobe issued an official statement which confirms this: Chrome for Android does not support Flash content. In addition to this, Adobe has mentioned they do not have any future plans of working with Google to add a support for Flash functionality on the new mobile browser. Instead, Adobe will continue supporting Flash on the default Android browser.

“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,” Bill Howard, Adobe’s Flash Platform product manager, wrote.

For years, Adobe has been struggling to make the Flash player plugin available on smartphones. While it was able to make the plugin work quite well on Android phones, there were other results on different systems. Moreover, Apple is unwilling to allow the plugin to work on its iOS platform. Also, Android users were unable to enjoy using Flash on their devices compared to their PCs.

These issues have caused Adobe to abandon its strategy for mobile Flash player, which they have announced last year. They have recently announced they will be phasing out development of the mobile plugin, so they can concentrate more on web standards.

Perhaps when Google decides to replace the current default Android browser with Chrome in the upcoming versions of Android OS, then Adobe will be able to revive their mobile Flash player plugin strategy once again.


What do you think of this? Were you looking forward to a mobile Flash player plugin for your Android smartphone? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Gregory Opera

    Whilst I prefer Opera Mobile, the lack of support for Adobe Flash in Chrome is the best news I’ve heard in a long-time… Flash is a resource hog and a security risk, if you ask me, it was a mistake to support Flash in the first place!

    Google should have taken the same path as Apple from Day One, and refused to support Flash instead of the far, FAR superior HTML5 standards…

    • ktils

      What do you think javascript is(Sandbox). Man get off the band wagon already will ya!!!

    • James

      you know something.. HTML5 has introduced canvas… canvas is slow as fuck to process stuff in with javascript. Its so slow, its almost like flash. okay? So fuck off already.. theyre both pretty much the same. If you want flash to run less buggy just right click on it, goto settings and turn off hardware support.. you winging some of a bastard.

      As soon as you disable hardware support, it stops using your graphics card (which is like using WEBGL) and just uses your processor like html5’s canvas and javascript do.

      Things like audio players and video players.. the html5 and flash versions are the fucking same. they both work absolutely fine.

      Flash is fantastic. the fact you can just create a doodle and it has all of its boundaries calculated for you.. you dont have to code your own collisions, you dont have to code any gravity.. its all there for you. You can make keyframe animations.. it’s excellent. Unfortantely while adobe create their new version of flash (which uses html and javascript), we all have to put up with browsers that dont support the epic content that is supplied with flash.. Very disapointed in them… But the reason me and my friends avoided apple phones and pads was this very reason. flash content is great.. android offers it.. might aswell get android.

      • James

        “Google should have taken the same path as Apple from Day One, and refused to support Flash”

        You’re quote.. it’s so epicly dumb as hell! you raving lunatic. This is one of the things that makes Android so great. They don’t just spit on everyone and make people use all their fucking shitty software.. itunes, shit, poo… whatever apple use. They say.. no, have everything, we’re nice.. we like a bit of punani every now and then.. Have a great time with great free content.

  • Warrenbzf

    As my Iranian friends might say, death to flash!

  • Kufelt

    It was the first thing I checked………
    Steve J. Would laugh his a.. Off…….

  • James

    Without flash, you are limited to only a few porn sites… Flash is great coz you can live stream porn! I uninstalled chrome as soon as i found it didnt have flash. Some of the best sites ive been to are flash. I dont care if you can make the same with javascript and html5, i really dont. bring flash to chrome because its shit and uninstalled with out it.

    P.S on the stock browser on S3, it does support flash and im constantly playing all the flash games on it. I love em. So Porn, games and free content makes flash undeniably great. Newgrounds for example!

    Google have literally done a middle finger at newgrounds and porn. WHAT? I thought google loved that shit!

    • James

      Ah, or rather the other way around.. Adobe have middle fingered their own users content :( … :'( bastards.

  • HeLeakin’

    How the hell is this even possible? Google sucks ass!