Adobe to discontinue downloads of Flash Player for Android from Playstore

As Adobe has confirmed last year, Flash is being discontinued on mobile platforms, and from tomorrow, you can no longer download the app from Playstore.

Steve Jobs has made his views public on Flash, long ago and Android has been the only big mobile platform for Adobe, since then.

Flash is not all that bad, but Adobe has failed at making it more secure and stable, especially on low powered devices. HTML5 on the other hand, is very light, stable and is based on open standards.


Even Adobe has been pushing HTML5 a lot lately, with tools like TypeKit, Dreamweaver etc., which is a good thing.

Apparently, if Adobe doesn’t do something with Flash on desktops, we’ll definitely see a day even that getting replaced with HTML5. But, that’s not going to happen so fast, with lot of content on the web being flash-based (videos, ads, etc.).

It’s already a big task for Google to update Chrome every week or so just to fix Flash security issues – because Flash is bundled with Chrome.

If you already have Flash installed on your Android, you will still get regular (and annoying) updates, and if you can’t live without Flash, you can get the .apk easily from XDA or similar Android forums.

Adobe Loves Apple: To Discontinue Flash Support for Mobile Platforms

Adobe_Flash_LogoAdobe has decided that it cannot sit out of the Apple party and according to ZdNet  will discontinue Flash support on mobile platforms. Adobe briefed its partners about moving away from Flash for mobile phone OS with this quote.

We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations.

This basically makes it possible for Adobe to feature on Apple products which have famously resisted Flash players on their browsers, claiming they were from the PC-era and did not fit into the post-PC era. This was supported in an article by Steve Jobs where he made his views public on Flash.

Did Apple kill Flash on Mobiles?

No. Apple might have started the trend of doing away with Flash and correctly estimated that HTML5 would be used more for streaming videos and gaming. Adobe also could not exactly kill a technology that other platforms wanted. But lately with Google and even Microsoft opting to move more towards HTML5 standards for browsers on the OS for mobile phones, it was pretty much end game for Flash.

What are your views on Flash being killed off for browsers on mobile phones? Do drop in your comments.