Its time for mobile browsers to say goodbye to Flash. Adobe has announced in their official blog that they will be discontinuing the development and support for Flash in mobile browsers and that you won’t be able to download Flash Player from Google Play Store after August 15.
Last year, Adobe stated that they were planning to discontinue Flash Player on mo0bile platforms. Adobe’s statement on their blog :
Devices that don’t have the Flash Player provided by the manufacturer typically are uncertified, meaning the manufacturer has not completed the certification testing requirements. In many cases users of uncertified devices have been able to download the Flash Player from the Google Play Store, and in most cases it worked. 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. There will be no certified implementations of Flash Player for Android 4.1.
Beginning August 15th we will use the configuration settings in the Google Play Store to limit continued access to Flash Player updates to only those devices that have Flash Player already installed. Devices that do not have Flash Player already installed are increasingly likely to be incompatible with Flash Player and will no longer be able to install it from the Google Play Store after August 15th.
HTML5 has paved way to an end to Flash on Android. At the same time, Apple didn’t support Flash on their devices and hence no worries for the iOS users.
If your device is running a firmware lower than Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, you will be able to get Flash Player from Google Play Store before 15th of August. However you can still get the .apk files of Flash Player’s earlier editions from their site itself. If you want, you can have it a try on your Jelly Bean running device later and if it is working, you can keep it installed. Else, you’ll have to remove it as said by Adobe.