Flash returns to Google Play store in UK - but not for long

Adobe backpedals on its decision to pull its Flash Player app from the official Android store, to accommodate the BBC's iPlayer app — but act now if you want to download it, as it will be gone again soon.

Adobe has reversed its decision to remove the Flash Player app from the Google Play store, but only in the UK and only for a limited time.

The company told the BBC on Thursday that it has reinstated the app on the official Android marketplace in Britain after receiving requests to do so from "strategic partners", of which the BBC itself was one.

The broadcaster reported that it had asked Adobe not to pull Flash Player from the store just yet, as it was required for its own iPlayer Android app .

Adobe pulled its Flash Player from the Google Play store on 15 August, following its decision to stop developing the player for mobile devices.

While the app is available now, it won't be for very long. Adobe has said it will be removed "soon", and is reported to be working with the BBC on developing an alternative system for viewing content on mobiles.

Even when it is ultimately removed from the Play store, there are unofficial ways of installing Flash Player on a device. However, performance can be unpredictable, and it does leave the device potentially vulnerable to malware, as there will be no future updates.

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