The Good news that the Android community received today was that Google Chrome was finally available on Android. This was great news because we have been asking for a Chrome browser on our phones and tablets for quite a while. With that good news came some bad news: Chrome for Android does not have any Adobe Flash support, and by the looks of things, will probably never get Flash support, either.
Shortly after Chrome for Android was launched, Adobe took to their blog to pretty much reiterate the fact that they’ve moved on and are not developing Flash player for any new mobile browser. Instead, their mobile efforts will be poured into Adobe Air and HTML 5.
Here’s what Adobe had to say about Chrome for Android Beta and Flash Player:
Today Google introduced Chrome for Android Beta. As we announced last November, Adobe is no longer developing Flash Player for mobile browsers, and thus Chrome for Android Beta does not support Flash content. Flash Player continues to be supported within the current Android browser.
Unless something changes, you probably shouldn’t expect Flash Player on Chrome for Android. If you really need to view flash content, you better keep the stock browser close by. Adobe will continue to support it.
So, what do you guys think? Is it really bad news that the new Chrome for Android doesn’t support Flash? I already installed the beta browser on my phone and it is now set as my default. I understand Adobe’s decision to abandon Flash on mobile devices; after all, HTML 5 won the war. As long as I have a browser available that will let me access Flash content when I need it, I’m fine with everything.
Let us know how you feel by dropping a comment below.