Adobe Removes Flash For Mobile Users

Date: Tue 28th August 2012

A decision by Adobe to remove the option for Android users to download flash player updates could mean the end for flash on mobile devices.

Already unavailable on iPhones and iPads, access to Flash is now set to be removed from Android phones that do not already have the player installed. This means that any future users of smartphones will not be able to view websites that use Flash on their devices. 

In recent years, smartphones have been used more and more for web browsing, enabling users to locate restaurants, search for information on Google, view the latest news and weather and watch programmes and television shows on BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and Sky on the go.

The removal of flash from some devices will make it far harder for users to use the internet on their phones and could lead to a drop in smartphone sales in the future.

It is also bad news for website owners and web design companies. Many websites use Flash to illustrate and demonstrate their products. Now web designers and website owners will need to utilise HTML5 and other plug-ins.

Although Adobe claims that web standards will now be increased and that reliability, security and smartphone performance will increase without Flash, the news has caused shockwaves throughout the industry, with many users frustrated that their brand new phones will be unable to use such a useful and effective plug-in. 

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