A couple years ago, Steve Jobs wrote an article entitled “Thoughts on Flash” that provided a detailed explanation as to why Adobe Flash is not supported on the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. One of the biggest reasons that Jobs stated for the lack of Adobe Flash support on iOS devices was that the platform simply has not performed well on mobile devices.
Apple even asked Adobe to show them a mobile device that is able to run Adobe Flash smoothly, but it never happened. It took Adobe about a year and a half longer to realize this, as last November they finally announced the discontinuation of Adobe Flash on mobile devices. And you’re up first, Android.
Adobe announced late yesterday that it will be officially removing Adobe Flash from the Google Play Store on August 15th, 2012, thereby rendering Android devices that do not have Adobe Flash player already installed incompatible with the platform.
Adobe also notes that it has not certified its mobile Flash player for use on Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean,” so unpredictable behavior may occur. Adobe recommends uninstalling Flash from any mobile device that is running Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” software. Adobe Flash will continue to work on mobile devices that came pre-installed with the player, but access to updates will be limited.