When it comes to Adobe Flash and Jelly Beans, it’s not going to be happening. In a very detailed blog post on their site, Adobe announced that they would not be developing Flash Player for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. In addition, they also said that they will change their Google Play configuration settings to limit continued access to Flash Player updates to only those devices that already have it installed, regardless of which version of Android you’re running.
After August 15, you won’t be able to simply head over to the Google Play store and download Flash Player for your device. Instead, it will only be available for devices that have been certified by Adobe and comes pre-installed with Flash Player. If you have it installed on your device prior to August 15, you will be good to go until you upgrade your device to Android 4.1, at which point Adobe recommends that you uninstall Flash because it hasn’t been tested on the new OS and might not properly work.
The ride was fun while it lasted, but I have to agree with Adobe’s decision to stop developing flash for mobile devices. While it is nice to be able to view Flash content on mobile devices, it’s up to developers to make their content more-friendly with HTML5.
If you’re curious about which devices are certified for Adobe Flash, you can head over to Adobe website for a list of all certified devices. If you’re a developer that needs ongoing access to released versions of Flash Player for Android, they will be available in the archive of released versions. If installed through there, the app won’t be receiving any updates from the Google Play store.
So there you have it, folks. Flash Player is slowing dying on Android. Mark your calendar for August 15, 2012!