Adobe confirms Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will not receive Flash plug-in

Android Jelly Bean

Adobe has confirmed it will not release a Flash plug-in for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

On the Adobe Blog, the firm noted that the current version of Flash may work on Jelly Bean, but does not recommend using it.

"The Flash Player browser plug-in integrates tightly with a device's browser and multimedia subsystems (in ways that typical apps do not), and this necessitates integration by our device ecosystem partners," it noted.

"If a device is upgraded from Android 4.0 to Android 4.1, the current version of Flash Player may exhibit unpredictable behaviour, as it is not certified for use with Android 4.1. Future updates to Flash Player will not work."

We recommend uninstalling Flash Player on devices which have been upgraded to Android 4.1.

Adobe has also confirmed it will limit the ability of users to download Flash from the Google Play Store. From 15 August, only devices which already have the Flash Player installed will be able to access updates.

It remains to be seen what impact the lack of Flash will have for the Google Nexus 7 tablet, a device which will ship with Jelly Bean. Android device have traditionally been able to access more video content from the internet than iOS devices such as the iPad, but this may not longer be the case as both will rely on HTML5 to showcase multimedia content.

Khidr Suleman is the Technical Editor at IT Pro, a role he has fulfilled since March 2012. He is responsible for the reviews section on the site  - so get in touch if you have a product you think might be of interest to the business world. He also covers the hardware and operating systems beats. Prior to joining IT Pro, Khidr worked as a reporter at Incisive Media. He studied law at the University of Reading and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism and Online Writing at PMA Training.