The past few days have been no less than festival days for all Android and Google fans. We have heard one major announcement after another being made and there has been a lot to cheer about for everyone. But as we approach the end of the Google I/O developer conference, Adobe has decided to drop a bombshell among Android users.
Adobe has announced through it’s blog post, that Google latest Android version 4.1 Jelly Bean is not Flash Player certified. It simply means, once you buy a new Android 4.1 running device, you will no longer be able to view Flash Content on web pages.
Adobe said that, if you upgrade from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, you might still be able to run Flash videos, though chances are you will face “unpredictable behavior” from the Flash Player.
“Future updates to Flash Player will not work [on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean],” Adobe wrote on its blog. “We recommend uninstalling Flash Player on devices which have been upgraded to Android 4.1.”
This means that the Nexus 7 tablet will not support Flash all together. Though Nexus, Nexus S and Xoom might still be able to play Flash but might “exhibit unpredictable behavior.”
Adobe also said that, from 15 August onwards, Flash Player updates will only be provided to those devices which are already running Flash. Other devices will henceforth be banned from installing Flash Player.
This announcement comes as a result of Adobe’s plans to concentrate completely on HTML5 instead of developing the mobile version of Flash Player.
Android devices have held an edge over iOS due to their ability to support Adobe Flash Player. From Android 4.1 onwards, it will lose that edge forever.
Apple’s iOS has never offered Flash Player support for its devices.