Those looking to adopt the Nexus 7 Tablet or are anticipating upgrading their existing hardware to Google’s latest generation Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system may have to think twice if they rely on Adobe’s Flash plugin to stream content or to play browser-based games. Adobe, which tried to break into the mobile space with Google by lending Adobe Flash support on Android devices announced that it would stop supporting the Android platform starting with Android 4.1.
We have not continued developing and testing Flash Player for this new version of Android and its available browser options. There will be no certified implementations of Flash Player for Android 4.1.
That means that tablets and smartphones running Google’s latest OS will not be able to stream Flash videos and Android devices will soon be limited to HTML 5 browser support for interactive content, which would move Android closer to iOS in that regard.
Adobe is moving forward with its HTML 5 ambitions and the company says that effective August 15, it will no longer support the download of the Flash browser plugin from Google Play store to new devices.
Beginning August 15th 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. Devices that do not have Flash Player already installed are increasingly likely to be incompatible with Flash Player and will no longer be able to install it from the Google Play Store after August 15th.