The Adobe Flash Player, which has been present in Android handsets prior to the Galaxy Nexus, is, surprisingly, not present in the Galaxy Nexus. According to Google, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich does not currently support Flash.
Google confirmed to SlashGear the absence of the Flash Player in both the flagship Google phone and its brand-new operating system, Android 4.0. Apparently, Google is waiting for Adobe to update the mobile version of the Flash Player for Android 4.0. Consequently, neither the latest version or the older versions of Flash Player will be available to users of the Galaxy Nexus or Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich–at least temporarily.
The absence is “normal,” Google told SlashGear. “Flash hasn’t been released for ICS yet so as far as we know, Adobe will support Flash for ICS,” said Google’s reply. This probably means that an updated Flash for Android 4.0 is currently being worked on and will likely roll out once it’s ready. Even with the lack of an exact date, Google assures that Adobe will be providing an updated Flash for Ice Cream Sandwich.
Development of the Flash Player for mobile devices has been stopped by Adobe, supposedly to give way to HTML5. Flash support has been one of Android’s edges over iOS and other mobile device platforms. Supporters have been surprised by the absence of the application. Europeans who have already purchased the Galaxy Nexus have spread the word but have not lost hope for future supply of a Flash version compatible with their ICS as Google promised.
Will the absence of Flash support on the Galaxy Nexus make you think less highly of the Android smartphone?
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Not massively surprising. It’s a new OS, and there will most likely be lots of apps that need updating. Hopefully it won’t take too long!
As an Android app developer I dispute the argument that this is a new OS. Android 4.0 has already been available to developers like myself for months. Adobe and Google need to sort something out quickly. This phone is currently the flagship phone for Android and it doesn’t look good if there are problems with it.