Those of you who do already have it installed do not need to worry, although anyone buying an Android device after today will not be able to install Flash player from the Play Store – no matter on their Android version.
We already knew that Adobe were not going to develop Flash player to work with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and this final move comes as a step to remove Flash from mobile devices altogether.
Adobe has vowed to concentrate on Flash for desktop machines, whilst putting a focus onto Adobe AIR based apps on mobile devices.
Of course, for some users having Flash support has been a deal breaker and tempted them to buy an Android phone. The Android vs iPhone argument ruffles with the “we have Flash, you don’t” statements, but alas, it is now a level playing field, and to be fair Flash for Android never gave the performance we had on a desktop machine, at least now developers will put more of a focus into updating their ageing Flash content, and move over to a mobile friendly platform.
Adobe has stated that it will provide critical updates to Flash player for Android until September 13th, 2013.
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Source: The Register