Adobe says no Flash Player for Android 4.1, plans to withdraw app on Aug. 15

Adobe won't allow new installations of the Flash Player from Google's Play store to devices with older versions of Android after Aug. 15

There will be no certified implementations of Adobe Systems' Flash Player for Android 4.1, and on Aug. 15 the player will take a bow and no longer be available for download from Google's app store Play, Adobe said in blog post on Thursday.

Adobe announced its plans to discontinue development of the Flash Player for mobile browsers last November, and is now revealing details of the timetable.

There will be no certified version of Flash Player for Android 4.1, which was announced earlier this week at Google's I/O developer conference. The certification refers to the work Adobe does with smartphone and tablet vendors to ensure the software works correctly when pre-loaded on a device.

Beginning on Aug. 15, Adobe will also use the configuration settings in the Google Play Store to limit continued access to Flash Player updates to those devices that already have the player installed -- but only for older versions of Google's operating system. Once a device has been upgraded to Android 4.1, Adobe wants users to remove Flash Player. That's because the company hasn't continued developing and testing the application for this new version of Android and its browser options.

Still, users that today have a smartphone or tablet based on Android 4.0 or an older version of the operating system, and haven't installed the application are are recommended to download it before Aug. 15.

For developers, Adobe will instead concentrate on HTML5 and allowing them to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores, it said.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?