Adobe Flash plug-in officially leaves Android’s Play Store‎

Following Adobe’s decision back in November they have stopped developing Flash for new versions of Android and BlackBerry’s Playbook OS.

The plug-in allows content created using the Flash format to be viewed via a web browser.

Adobe said it was removing the option to install the plug-in because it was likely to exhibit “unpredictable behaviour” when used with the latest version of Android, known as Jelly Bean.

Although Adobe is no longer actively developing the player for Android, Blackberry or Symbian devices, it has said it would continue to offer security updates and bug fixes for existing versions until September 2013.

“Devices that do not have Flash Player already installed are increasingly likely to be incompatible with Flash Player and will no longer be able to install it from the Google Play Store after August 15. The easiest way to ensure on-going access to Flash Player on Android 4.0 or earlier devices is to use certified devices and ensure that the Flash Player is either pre-installed by the manufacturer or installed from Google Play Store before August 15.”

“If a device is upgraded from Android 4.0 to Android 4.1, the current version of Flash Player may exhibit unpredictable behaviour, as it is not certified for use with Android 4.1. Future updates to Flash Player will not work. We recommend uninstalling Flash Player on devices which have been upgraded to Android 4.1.”

Adobe’s plan not to continue developing Flash for mobile comes as it shifts to developing for HTML5.

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