Adobe's Flash Player on Android devices has officially reached the end of the road, with the software firm declaring that there will be "no certified implementations of Flash Player for Android 4.1".
The move from Adobe comes as no great surprise, as the firm had already disclosed that its mobile strategy will focus more on HTML5 applications, or on packaging Flash apps into a self-contained executable using Adobe AIR.
In a blog post, Adobe explained that as its Flash Player browser plugin integrates with a device's browser and multimedia subsystems, certified devices typically have the platform pre-integrated at the factory, while users of uncertified devices have still been able to download the Flash Player from the Google Play Store.
"However, with Android 4.1 this is no longer going to be the case, as we have not continued developing and testing Flash Player for this new version of Android and its available browser options," the Adobe blog said.
From 15 August, Adobe will therefore restrict access to Flash Player on Google Play so that only devices that already have the app installed can download it or install an update.
The reason given is that devices that do not have Flash Player already installed are increasingly likely to be incompatible with it in future.
Furthermore, Adobe is advising that the current version of Flash Player may exhibit unpredictable behaviour on devices upgraded from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to Android 4.1, and recommends that users uninstall it if they plan to upgrade.
For developers who require continued access to Flash Player for Android, it will remain available in the archive of released Flash Player versions, Adobe said.
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