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Adobe: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Won’t Be Compatible with Flash Player

Adobe confirmed today that Flash Player will not be available for Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system.

According to Adobe, Flash Player implementation requires a certain amount of testing before it can be certified for use. This ensures that Flash Player runs correctly with a device’s Web browser.

However, if the devices do not undergo the required testing, they are considered uncertified by Adobe. Uncertified devices have still been able to download Flash Player from the Google Play Store, but that will not be the case for Android 4.1.

Adobe said it has not performed the tesing for Jelly Bean, hence Flash Player is not certified for the new mobile OS. Also, Adobe said it will limit Flash Player updates to devices that have certified Flash Player implementation.

Starting August 15, 2012, the Google Play Store will only allow devices with Flash Player already installed to receive Flash updates. Devices without Flash Player pre-installed will no longer be able to download it from the Google Play Store after August 15.

For those with Android 4.0 or previous versions, certified devices can continue receiving updates as long as Flash Player is installed before August 15. If a user upgrades from 4.0 to 4.1, Flash Player may have unpredictable behavior.

However, those with 4.1 will not be able to use Flash Player at all.

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