The viability of Adobe’s Flash on mobile platforms has been the topic of an ongoing debate. On one hand you have Apple who has taken a firm stance against Flash, refusing to support it with iOS and suggesting that HTML5 is the future. On the other hang you have Google who have given their full support to Adobe allowing them to produce a version of Flash for the Android mobile platform.
While several version of Flash have made their way to Android thus far the experience hasn’t exactly been stellar. Due to the changing pace of the market along with the every advancing sophistication of HTML5 Adobe finally threw in the towel saying that they would no longer be supporting platforms like Android. This brought users anxiously awaiting an Android 4.0 update at a cross roads. One route will take them to the sweet and savory Ice Cream Sandwich with no Flash while the other will bring them Flash but no Ice Cream Sandwich.
Luckily, Adobe is entering the ring one last time to support not only the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Nexus but Android 4.0 in its entirey. In fact, the company recently went on record as saying that the Android 4.0 compatible version of Flash player will be out sometimes towards the beginning of next month. Not ony that but Adobe has also said that AIR will be making its way to Android 4.0 during the same release window giving developers who have been producing AIR powered apps the freedom to support at least one more release.
Will Android 4.0 really mark the end of Flash on mobile devices? All indicators point towards yes but the tech market has been known to take drastically different routes at a very fast pace. On that note, keep an eye on Adobe and their Flash player towards the end of Android 4.0′s life cycle to see what decision they ultimately end up making.