No Flash for Jelly Bean, Adobe says
Jelly Bean was unveiled at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco earlier this week, and promises to be an altogether better experience than the current OS, Ice Cream Sandwich when it gets rolled out to various devices in July.
Even though Adobe provided Flash compatibility for Ice Cream Sandwich, the digital giants announced that not only were they not supporting Jelly Bean, they were taking steps to remove Flash from Google Play and halt updates to those who already have it.
A rather ominous-sounding blog post said: “There will be no certified implementations of Flash Player for Android 4.1. Beginning August 15 we will use the configuration settings in the Google Play Store to limit continued access to Flash Player updates to only those devices that have Flash Player already installed”.
For developers who still need to use Flash there will be an archive, but the archived files won’t be eligible for updates from Google Play either.
This announcement from Adobe was foreshadowed somewhat in November when they said they were focusing Flash on PC browsing and mobile apps, not mobile browsers.
Adobe said at the time that they would migrate to HTML5 as it is “the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms”, therefore today’s developments appear to be an update in that process.
This would appear to be the final nail in the coffin for Adobe’s hitherto ubiquitous Flash Player, with IT professionals across the land doubtless breathing sighs of relief.
Were you one of those frustrated by Flash’s faults, or will you miss it on your mobile browser?