Adobe Flash Player support ends for Android 4.1

At Google I/O last week it was revealed that Adobe Systems will officially discontinue certified Adobe Flash runtime implementation support for Google Android Jelly Bean 4.1. Adobe confirmed last week that they have completely stopped developing and testing Flash Player for the new version of Android and its available browsers. IMPORTANT NOTE: Future updates to Flash Player will not work.

Mobile devices that do not have Flash Player already installed are increasingly likely to be incompatible with Android 4.1 and will no longer be to able to install from the Google Play Store after August 15th.

If you use Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) which was pre-installed with the Adobe Flash Player on a mobile device or downloaded from the Google Play Store before August 15th, then your Flash Player will work.

If you have recently upgraded to Android 4.1, the current version of Flash Player may not work properly. You should therefore uninstall Flash Player on devices that have been upgraded to Android 4.1.

Adobe will though continue to focus on enabling Flash in native apps with its AIR runtime for all the major app stores. One expects to see developers writing cross-platform apps written in HTML5 and JavaScript over the coming months.

Safe surfing folks!

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