Adobe Flash Player for Android won't be available to download on any Android device from today but apps already installed will receive updates
Adobe Flash, for so-long a point of comparison between Android and Apple devices, is being removed from the Google Play store.
Android devices will no longer be able to install Adobe Flash, although devices with it already installed will still receive updates.
The news has not come as a surprise. In November last year Adobe said it would be focusing on Flash for PC browsing while looking at other solutions for mobile apps and browsers.
A note on the Adobe Flash Player page on the Google Play store said the app was no longer being updated and would not be supported on devices running Android 4.0 and beyond.
Adobe will adjust the settings in the app to stop it being installed on new handsets. In July Adobe said that it would remove the app from the Google Play store on 15 August.
"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," read an update on Adobe's website.
Adobe said it decided to pull the plug on Flash for Android as HTML5 was becoming more popular. Websites such as YouTube already encode their videos in HTML5, with it becoming an increasingly common choice for mobile browsers.
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