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Adobe no longer accepting new installs for Flash Player on Android

News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday August 15, 2012.

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If someone tries to install Adobe Flash Player on an Android device today, there's a good chance that person will be unsuccessful. The same will happen every day because Adobe now blocks all installations of Flash for Android unless the device has previously installed the plug-in.

Adobe announced last year that it would cease all development for mobile versions of Flash. The company then revealed in June that it would not support Android 4.1, and it would block new devices from installing Flash Player on August 15. Adobe has followed through with those statements and started limiting access to Flash Player from the Google Play Store.

Since it decided to abandon Flash for all mobile devices, Adobe has attempted to phase out Flash Player on Android. The company has not supported pre-loading the software on new devices, and said that it will only update Flash with critical security patches for existing devices. Adobe has warned that phones upgrading to Android 4.1 may "exhibit unpredictable behavior," so its likely that Flash will fade away once users upgrade or stop using the 78 percent of Android devices that are currently compatible.

The next time you update an Android device or get a new phone don't be surprised if Flash Player suddenly stops playing. Just cross your fingers and hope that the Flash content you wish to see quickly becomes the HTML 5 content that you can actually see.

source: Google Play, via: Phonescoop

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