Nov 11 AT 3:33 PM Dustin Earley 15 Comments

Adobe pushes Flash Player for Android’s last update; future proofed for Tegra 3 devices


Just two days ago, Adobe announced that they’d be abandoning Flash Play for mobile devices, like Android tablets and phones, and instead focusing on HTML5 and Adobe Air. In the announcement for the move, it was revealed that one more major update was coming. Beyond that, there will be some security fixes every now and then but that’s it. Today, that final update was pushed.

Other than being the final Flash Player update for Android, there’s really only one stand out addition to Flash Player 11.1. Deep down in the change-log on Adobe’s website is the mention of NVIDIA’s Tegra 3. Before Adobe went ahead and packed up shop, they made sure that the last release of Flash Player was compatible with 1080p video playback on Tegra 3 devices. When the Transformer Prime finally launches, there shouldn’t be any issues with Flash if you download it from the Market.

There’s also mention of a critical Galaxy S II audio patch, along with a handful of other security and bug fixes, but that’s all she wrote.

Adobe may be done with major updates for Flash for Android, but they are by no means done with providing services for the platform. The abandonment of Flash Player for mobile is seen as a good thing by many, allowing Adobe to move forward and place more attention on the web technologies of the future. Sure, this is the end of Flash Player for Android, but Adobe is really only just getting started.


Via: Engadget

Source: Adobe

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  • PhaseBurn

    I don’t even have Adobe Flash installed on any of my Android devices (2 phones, 2 tablets), because it’s only used for ads on websites that I visit. I haven’t noticed a “degraded experience” by not having flash on my phone or tablet ever, and I’ve been an Android user since 1.0 on the ADP1. I won’t miss it, and I’m glad to see Adobe focusing on actual standards like HTML5.

    • he smells like an arabian

      Flash is dead. Thanks.

      sent from my iPhone 4

      • Brandon Peters

        dying, not dead, or have you discovered something the rest of the internet doesn’t know

        • Mattt

          He’s probably too busy surfing on stripped down mobile websites with no video to notice.

    • george

      Can you still watch videos on youtube without flash?

  • WarDrake

    it’s really not an issue, i do use it, but air can do pretty much everything flash can, and then some…

    • 666

      Nobody cares about AIR. Who’d want that over native apps? It’s only real use for 99% of users was Flash video and interfaces.

      • rybramGames

        Air for mobile platforms is actually pretty good. Especially for small 2d games. Once stage 3d support is there you will start to see more and more people using it

  • 666

    Does this update include ICS compatibility? The current plugin doesn’t load on the NS ICS SDK port’s browser.

    • drop

      who knows, maybe Google pushed Adobe Flash of the Android platform, by making the web browser of ICS incompatible.

      We will see when Galaxy ‘Prime’ Nexus is available.

  • android underground

    Too bad plenty of websites don’t work without flash. Most small video sites only serve .flv, plenty of restaurants only have a flash version of their site (try to book a table online without flash…), and then there are the millions of legacy sites full of useful info that will never be updated to html5.

    • 666

      Well they better adapt to using standards otherwise their business websites will be obsolete which they already kind of are.

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  • mshramek

    So I don’t really understand this. Are the current phones not HTML5 capable?? I have the Nexus S 4G so I don’t have a friggin clue.

  • pritams

    good for them…