Flash for Android will be decommissioned tomorrow

Flash for Android will be officially decommissioned tomorrow. Back in November, Adobe announced that it would stop development of Flash for Android, and that it would remove it from the Google Play Store. If you want Flash in any capacity on your Android phone, make sure you install it today, because starting tomorrow, you won't be able to get it.

Adobe will limit access to Flash Player updates to older Android devices, and anything that runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or newer will not be supported. The company hasn't come right out and said that Flash won't work on those devices, but it has made it quite clear that you'll be on your own if you manage to install the add-on.

Despite early claims that Flash provided a complete Web experience on smartphones and tablets, Adobe has turned its focus to providing HTML5 tools to mobile developers, and backtracked a little on its claims about the importance of Flash on mobile devices.

Back in January of 2010, Adobe evangelist Lee Brimelow posted some interesting screenshots of Web apps running on the iPad that clearly showed the blue "missing plugin" icon in action on a number of popular websites that required Flash, complete with the snipe, "Millions of websites use Flash. Get used to the blue legos."

Arguments in favor of Flash on mobile devices began in earnest that day, and tomorrow it seems like arguments about Mobile Flash benefiting consumers has finally come to an end.

Rest in peace, Mobile Flash.

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