Flash for Android, which was once of the features that Google touted over Apple’s iOS platform, will officially sunset tomorrow.
Back in June, Adobe announced that it would limit access to Flash on August 15th.
That news followed Adobe’s earlier announcement in November of 2011 where it said it would no longer be developing the platform for Android and other mobile platforms. Once upon a time, Adobe Flash had been one of the major talking points for Android.
Now, starting tomorrow, Adobe Flash for Android will no longer be available for download on the Google Play Store. This comes after Adobe ended Flash support for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at the end of June.
This means that owners of Android devices will no longer be able to install the software on their devices once tomorrow arrives. Those that wish to use the platform on their device and are running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or below can download the application now.
Without Flash support, Android devices will no longer be able to stream Flash videos, instead, relegated to HTML5 content, something that has been a staple of Android’s rival, Apple’s iOS.
Adobe will now turn its efforts to new endeavors including gaming, HTML5, and premium video content. The company will also keep supporting Flash on PCs, though, it will no longer do so on mobile devices.
The battle between HTML5 and Flash became a huge debate between those with Android devices and those using the iPhone and iPad.
While Android supported Flash, Steve Jobs and Apple decided to instead support HTML5 leaving iPhone and iPad owners without access to lots of interactive content that used Flash.
Then, in November of last year, Adobe decided to stop developing its Flash Player for mobile devices. And when Chrome for Android arrived without Flash support and Microsoft announced that Windows Phone 8 would have limited Flash support, the end appeared to be close. And indeed it was.
Tomorrow will be the end of an era in mobile and the future will be left in the hands of HTML5.
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