Android 4.0 Will Be the Last Mobile OS to Support Flash

In an announcement made earlier this month, Adobe declared that the company is going to end the development of Flash Mobile Player. The company further emphasized on the fact that it will now focus on the new emerging technology HTML5, which though works in a similar way as Flash, but without any plugin.

However, the Flash Mobile Player has not ended yet as the company is preparing to announce some new updates before the year ends. According to Adobe, they are working on an update that will support the Google’s latest mobile OS Android 4.0, codenamed as Ice Cream Sandwich. The forthcoming version will replace the current Flash 11.1. In addition to this, Adobe also has plans to launch the Flash Linux Porting Kit.

What we believe is the reason behind retracing is possibly because of the deep commitment between Adobe and the search giant as Google is greatly promoting and packaging Flash on its Android and Chrome browser. However, Android 5.0 (codenamed Jelly Bean) will not launch with Flash support.

The new update will certainly bring a wave of happiness in the owners of Galaxy Nexus as it lack Flash support previously in the Android Market. The new updated version will be released with a support for Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich enabling Nexus owners to enjoy full web experience as promised.

Of course, it is a hard decision from Adobe to abandon its Flash Mobile Program, but the company is still positive and keen to work on HTML5 platform. Apple is a key factor behind Adobe’s decision as it refused to include support for Flash in its products, considering it buggy. The Cupertino-based company has long been relying on HTML5 standards for its mobile products. It has also opted for the same technology for its Mac platform as well where the Flash isn’t installed by default rather users need to install it on their own.

The growing popularity and reliability of HTML5 platform will force us to assume that in the coming year the majority of the products including phones and tablets will run HTML5 on browsers. This is, however, a bad news for iPad’s competitors which used Flash as a focal point of their advertising campaign. They are required to reconsider their approach so as to keep the competition alive against Apple products.

The coming time will tell us the future of the Flash for mobile whether it will able to keep itself alive in any way or gradually disappear from the scenes.

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