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Planning on the purchase of a shiny new Android device powered by the latest 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich Google Announces Android 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich Along With New Samsung Galaxy Nexus [News] Google Announces Android 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich Along With New Samsung Galaxy Nexus [News] After a week’s delay due to Steve Job’s death, Google has unveiled Android 4.0, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich. The new version was released on the new and anticipated Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which was also announced... Read More build? Go ahead, but note that you won’t be able to view Flash content on the device.

Buyers of the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus have found that there’s no Adobe Flash Player installed by default, and none available through the Android Market. Google has confirmed, saying “Flash hasn’t been released for ICS yet. So far as we know, Adobe will support Flash for ICS.”

Adobe recently announced a halt to development of the mobile plugin Adobe Stops Development Of Flash Plugin For Mobile [News] Adobe Stops Development Of Flash Plugin For Mobile [News] In a surprising move (or not so surprising), Adobe is discontinuing its development of Flash plugin for mobile browsers. According to Adobe’s official announcement, they will now focus their efforts on HTML5 instead, as it... Read More . It’s one thing to simply hear an announcement, however – it’s another to see it take effect. The fact that a Flash Player was not launched at the release of ICS is proof Adobe isn’t kidding around about abandoning mobile. When ICS does receive a Flash player, it will almost certainly be a simple port of the current 11.1 release and nothing more.

While the lack of Flash might bewilder some potential consumers, don’t let this stop you from buying a new Android ICS phone. After all, the competition never supported it to begin with, and most mobile web content can be enjoyed without it. Now that even Adobe’s support is grinding to a halt, use of Flash for mobile is on its way to becoming extinct.

Source: Slashgear


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  1. Anonymous
    November 24, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Abobe has said that they're currently working on Flash for ICS, so yes,  Flash will be available in ICS... Just because Flash isn't already installed on ICS devices doesn't mean it won't be getting it.

  2. Anonymous
    November 23, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    It wouldnt phase me if they removed flash from android. 

    • RodyCichards
      November 25, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      It wouldn't faze you.

      • Anonymous
        December 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm

        my mistake.