Android has sounded the death knell for Flash Player on Android, announcing today that it has stopped developing and testing Flash Player for the newest version, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
It will also limit access to Flash Player updates, through the Google Play store, to devices that already have Flash Player installed, according to an Adobe blog post.
Those who want ongoing access to the Flash Player on devices that are running earlier versions of Android should make sure they're using a certified device, Adobe advised, explaining that, because of the tight integration of the player and the device's browser, a lot of testing is required to make sure it works properly. Certified devices have undergone that testing. In these cases, Flash Player is generally pre-installed by the device manufacturer, Adobe said. For those who want needing to download the player from Google Play, the deadline is 14 August (in the US).
If a device, with Flash Player installed, is updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Adobe has said that it cannot guarantee the player will function normally.
Developers who need access to current or prior versions of Flash Player for Android would be able to obtain them from Flash Player archive. Installations of Flash Player from these archives will not receive updates through the Google Play store.
The move follows Adobe's decision last November to discontinue development of Flash Player for mobile devices, instead focusing on Flash for PC browsing and mobile apps packaged with Adobe AIR.
On other mobile platforms, Flash Player is not supported on the latest release of Microsoft Windows Phone, Mango 7.5. In the Apple world, the rocky relationship with Adobe was firmly established when Steve Jobs told Adobe exactly what he thought of Flash in a fiery letter.