No Flash for Chrome on Android

February 15, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

You know two things. One: Adobe has given up on Flash for mobile operating systems. Two: Apple has refused to include Flash support for iOS devices.

Now there is something else; Google has announced the availability of Chrome for Android and notably absent is the very same Flash support. The launch is in beta.

Adobe is no longer developing Flash Player for mobile browsers, and thus Chrome for Android Beta does not support Flash content, said Bill Howard, a group product manager on the Flash team, in an Adobe blog Tuesday.

Flash support in Google platform seemed to be kind of obvious when Apple showed it the red signal because Flash was a resource hog as well as posed some security concerns to Apple.

But things have changed since November last year, with Adobe dropping its plans on developing Flash for mobile operating systems. The only Flash updates that users of a mobile OS could expect were bug fixes and security updates.

Adobe has also confirmed that nothing has changed in regards to their future plans for Flash. So the Chrome for Android lacking Flash support makes sense. Adobe has said it will continue to work on their Flash platform, but mostly as it relates to their AIR technology.

The company is focusing on HTML 5, which is quickly becoming a new industry standard in web technology.

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