Earlier this month, Adobe announced that it would be halting development on the mobile version of Flash, which included support for Android devices. More recently, it was realized that the current version of Flash isn't compatible with Ice Cream Sandwich, leaving early adopters of the Galaxy Nexus without the ability to view flash content on the web.

Adobe has now confirmed that it will be bringing Flash to ICS devices before the end of 2011, but it will not support any version of Android past 4.0. Throughout the lifespan of ICS, Adobe will continue to push critical updates, bug fixes, and security updates to Flash for Android to ensure device security, but that will be the extent of development as far as mobile Flash is concerned.

Hopefully, but the time the "J" version of Android is released, HTML5 will have gained enough steam to be widely supported and take the place of Flash altogether, helping make the transition from Flash support to no Flash support as seamless as possible.

[via Pocket-Lint]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • razorhail

    "Hopefully, by the time the "J" version of Android is released, HTML5 will have gained enough steam...."

    lol, no way flash is dead 6 months from now

    • Hal Motley

      J is Jelly Bean! I hope that Jelly Bean has some form of Flash on it, otherwise my I really will start questioning my defection from iOS!

  • fabio

    F*cking adobe

  • Scott

    Why did they build it in such a way that it isn't forward-compatible? I don't even know *how* to write an app like that.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

      It had more to do with the changes in the browser plugin model. In all likelihood, if Jellybean (please people, it's gonna be jellybean, stop the speculation) doesn't substantially change anything then it wouldn't be surprising if Flash runs on there just fine or only requires changes to the provisioning to allow flash to be installed. Of course, there's probably a few optimizations and tweaks that they are also going to do now that hardware acceleration runs so much deeper...at least I can dream ;)

  • Ezra

    In reality, if flash isn't dead within a year, someone will release "Frash" which is a pseudo-flash player. It's been done to the iPhone, and our developers are 100x smarter.

    • Bluevoodo

      I don't know they have zombie Steve Jobs.

  • oldmanofskye

    I, for one, applaud this decision. They could easily say "Sorry, that's it". Instead they are committed enough to partly rewrite the app to make it compatible with a new system. And by the time of release of "Jelly Bean", most new and forward-thinking websites will move to HTML5 (one would hope).

    • Hal Motley

      Would I still be watching animations on Newgrounds.com with HTML5.

    • Hal Motley

      Would I still be watching animations on Newgrounds with HTML5.

  • RockingmyEvo3D

    I will see about this until then no galaxy nexus so they better come strong...

  • Fiannan

    There is a new version of Flash supporting ICS. It's been there for a couple of days, I've installed it and it works on my Galaxy Nexus....

  • chaimss

    I have to agree that if they seriously cancel Flash and there's no replacement then I will seriously consider another OS. There are still multitudes of websites that still use Flash, and even if they don't on new content there will still be old videos that no one's going to want to re-upload. YouTube won't be the problem, but you're friend's site from ten years ago that had that video of you from high school will be.

  • Tiggerbits

    just installed it on my nexus. Its just slowed down my browser :-/ so ive disabled it for now

  • Steamie Nicks

    Sadly, I feel like an old man being the one to say this(I'm 26), but I've been with android since the G1...and I don't mean like that was the best android phone at the time or that's just the one I had, that was the android phone. Period. The only one. If back then you'll probably remember the "funny jokes" app and the countless "Chuck Norris' G1 has flash" jokes... so I guess everythings come full circle. We began without flash and we move again to a time without flash but at least this time everybody's going to (probably) work to find some alternative until HTML5 does, regrettably, take over