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As Jelly Bean Rejects, Adobe Flash Retreats

What has happened to Adobe Flash in 2012? The new iPad had turned it down; Android mobile running Android 4.1 had abandoned it and even Windows 8 only desired to provide limited support to it. Today, bad news for Adobe Flash spread that Adobe Flash would not be available on Google Play store from August 15. In other words, no more Adobe Flash for Android mobile users in the future.

No mobile Flash for Jelly Bean

For Android mobile users who have installed mobile version of Adobe Flash before August 15, they can continue to enjoy the fun provided by Adobe Flash. However, they may fail to receive updates to mobile Flash quite often or get brand new functions of mobile Flash after Adobe decides to put more focus on HTML 5 last year.

In 2011, Adobe Flash surprisingly decided to cease further researches on Adobe Flash Player and paid more attention on HTML 5. It also announced that support to Android system above Ice Cream Sandwich would not be excluded in its plan. After Android 4.1 was presented along with Google Nexus 7, Jelly Bean turned out to be a favored choice for popular Android devices. This is a potential reason that why Google Play store turned Adobe Flash down.

Adobe Flash started its support to mobile running Android 2.2 and ended its support to mobile running Android 4.0. Till now, above 98.5% mobile are running systems within this range. Among them, mobiles running Android 2.3 account for 60.6%. Moreover, Adobe Flash is a necessity to watch online videos or play online Flash games. Consequently, users need to figure out other ways to play Flash game on Android mobile when they have mobiles running systems out of the range or when they fail to install mobile Flash on time.

As the dominator in the market, why does Adobe Flash fall into sudden death? The rising of HTML 5 is one reason and the mistakes made by Adobe Flash is another. There are several reasons that had led to the fall of Adobe Flash. For one thing, Adobe never took mobile market seriously which made mobile Flash far less powerful than its computer version. For another, Adobe got a wrong market strategy in the beginning by pricing money on mobile Flash while providing Adobe Flash for free on computers.

Starting from the rejection from Google Play store, Flash as a ubiquitous video standard on the mobile web will gradually cease to exist. However, good news for Adobe is that Adobe Air is seeing a promising market. Adobe Air is mostly used to turn Flash game to APK game for Android devices.