Adobe’s Flash used to be the king of the hill in terms of how prevalent it was on almost every multimedia website. But then the iPhone came along – without Flash – and HTML5 started to eclipse Flash’s importance.
iOS has never included a direct way to access Flash content, and Android is going to go down that some road starting tomorrow. Adobe has announced that today is the last day that Android users can install Flash onto their devices; tomorrow will be the start of a brand-new era of Android devices that can’t install Flash.
If your Android device already has Adobe’s player – and you absolutely need Flash – don’t worry about using an outdated version: Adobe plans to release updates and security fixes for users who already have it installed on their devices.
If you don’t currently have Flash installed but you want it, head to the Play Store as quickly as possible so you can download a copy and install it.
For what it’s worth, I do have Flash installed on my Galaxy Nexus, but I rarely use it. Most of the multimedia services that I use have apps that I can use instead of their mobile/desktop websites, so Flash rarely – if ever – sees any use. And honestly, it’s not much of a surprise: Adobe stated back in November that it would stop developing Flash for Android.
But I’m sure there are certain use cases for some people; if you have one, let us know what it is in the comments!
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