Planning on the purchase of a shiny new Android device powered by the latest 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich 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. 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.