Why 3rd party browsers lose flash support on Android Jelly Bean


Android 4.1, the new operating system from Google is a boon for the fast paced world. Google has employed “Project Butter” to bring the speed improvements in Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean has undergone many changes when compared to the older versions. The support that it provides to International users is a great plus. Any user who would like to keep track of the applications on his/her phone would love to have the new tool “systrace”. This is compatible with the latest Android version. Experts have come to a conclusion that Jelly Bean is equal to Apple’s iPhone. Now, that is interesting! The notifications menu in Jelly Bean is user-friendly and it has outdone Apple’s iPhone. Jelly Bean can only be used with the Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Xoom and Nexus S phones.

Opera Mobile, Dolphin HD, and Firefox which are third party browsers will not support Flash player in Jelly Bean. Jonathan Nightingale who is the senior engineering director at Mozilla Firefox says that none of the third party browsers can support Flash in Android 4.1. This is nothing new because Apple’s iPhone blocked it long back. Adobe’s Flash player consumes a lot of battery power and it slows down the application. This is one of the reasons why most companies use HTML5 as the mobile web browsing standard. The only disadvantage is that Flash games and Flash Apps cannot be accessed.

Adobe had decided to switch to Adobe AIR for mobile applications. Adobe believed that this could have been the best decision because most browsers and web developers were moving towards the latest web browsing standard, HTML5. Chrome, Opera Mobile, Firefox, Stock Android browser, Maxthon Android web browser and Safari are web browsers that are HTML5 –ready. Adobe has recently stated that it is not going to extend its support to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. However, Flash player is still being developed for computers.

Without support to play Flash files, users will no longer be able to view Flash content on their devices. Android users who would like to upgrade to the newest Android version should disable Flash support. Flash support can be installed before the mid of August this year and future updates will be done automatically. The technology that is going to replace Flash is Google’s new, Flash-less Chrome browser. Android users will not in the least be affected without Adobe’s Flash player, as majority of them are using older versions. In short, Flash player is facing a decline in the mobile industry.

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