While mobile sites are fast transitioning to advanced platforms like HTML5 and Adobe AIR, Adobe is halting itself the development of flash player on Android run devices. Going by the post on Adobe’s official blog, the company has decided to stop developing Adobe Flash Player for versions after the Android 4.0 OS smartphones.
Adobe, in their attempt to halt the development of their Flash Player for Android, is altering settings on Google’s Play Store, such that they are able to limit the number of devices downloading the software. As a result, Android devices running on a version of the operating system beyond 4.0 will be barred from downloading the Flash Player from the Play store. The reason given for this move is that Adobe is unsure of allowing users of Jelly Bean to download and continue using the software since it hasn’t invested resources in ensuring that the Flash Player will work efficiently on the latest version of Android. They will have to test the software on a number of Android devices in the market to be certain that the software is functioning correctly on the Jelly Bean OS.
Following Adobe’s decision, a user, upon upgrading to Jelly Bean, will not be able to gain access to the certified update to Adobe Flash. Since the Flash Player will not be removed off devices that have been upgraded, it will still be functional on Jelly Bean. However, the manner in which it will deliver function is unpredictable. Therefore, Adobe believes it is best to get rid of the software from the phone upon upgrading. Devices that already have the Flash Player installed in them will receive security updates from Adobe.
Adobe plans to utilize their resources in the development of the Adobe AIR platform and in addition to offering Flash on personal computers, focusing on security and fixing bugs in the software. They are already offering mobile video solutions to developers on the Adobe AIR platform. ESPN currently uses Adobe AIR to live stream videos from through the WatchESPN app on the Play store. The Adobe AIR platform has also been used in apps like Snagfilms and iTV Player. Users are not limited to premium video applications alone. Apps like Dropcam enable users to stream live videos from a locations where a Dropcam has been installed, allowing them to monitor their homes.
However, minus Adobe Flash, Android users now face the same problem as iPhone users. Therefore, in order to offer a more mobile-compatible version on their devices, sites are not now shifting over to using HTML5.