Galaxy Nexus Getting Flash and AIR in December

Adobe has mentioned that their Flash Player and AIR plugins will be heading to the Galaxy Nexus sometime next month. The fact that they were coming was already known but we didn’t know exactly when.

If you don’t remember, Adobe discontinued Flash and AIR mobile to focus on HTML5, though they remained committed to continuing support for critical bugs and security flaws. We imagine Google pressed them to make one last push to add support for the Galaxy Nexus. We don’t have anything to worry about, though, as we’re as sure as the sun it’ll be here now.

As for other devices? Well, that’s up to OEMs. Most will likely to continue to provide support for future phones, but huge strides in Flash and AIR for Android are just about over. Just be happy the latest major update made its way to us and that the Galaxy Nexus will be getting it after all. [Adobe]

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  • Paul Girardin

    Awesome, now if only I could get a Galaxy Nexus here in the states…

  • http://twitter.com/Mindworthy Bill Collier

    Yes and Noah’s ark is pulling into Long Beach harbor as we speak.

  • http://profiles.google.com/chris.ncic Chris Anderson

    @Quentyn if you don’t mind clearing up the misinformation regarding adobe dropping air support. they are only dropping the flash plugin for mobile browsers.  they are doubling down effort for air and will deliver flash, and html content wrapped in air. see http://www.adobe.com/products/air.html. a real simple way to think of the transition is that they want developers to start focusing on building native flash applications rather than flash applications that run in your phones browser. heavy duty html apps will have a similar problem, developers will have to develop a web version and a mobile version (though both could be delivered through the browser).

  • Tania N

    Awesome!

  • Scott Tompkins

    Sweet, so it’ll be in place for a Q2 2012 US release.

  • veccster

    Wish I understand the importance of flash…
    Do most websites use HTML5?  Will more begin using HTML5 since Flash is no longer supported?  Does my current phone (DInc) support HTML5? 

    • niuguy

      Many, more are everyday….might be a slow transition for some sites.
      Yes it does.  m.facebook.com uses html5, i believe.

      • http://twitter.com/matthewfabb matthewfabb

        A quick look source of http://m.facebook.com on the desktop and they aren’t using HTML5, but right at the top the DOCTYPE is XHTML Mobile 1.0. However, there could be different version of the site for true mobile browsers.

        These days HTML5 has become a bit of a buzzword like Web 2.0 was years ago. There’s been a few sites saying they are now using HTML5, when they aren’t actually using any of the new HTML5 tags simply because it gives them good PR.

        • niuguy

          Yeah, I’m not an expert so I won’t argue. I THOUGHT I read somewhere that facebook’s mobile site as in html5.  *shrug*

    • niuguy

      Many, more are everyday….might be a slow transition for some sites.
      Yes it does.  m.facebook.com uses html5, i believe.

    • Mapekz

      Browsers, not devices, are compatible with HTML5. So long as you are using Firefox, Opera, or even Webkit-based Default or Dolphin Browsers you are fine (though FF and Opera have better HTML5 support currently).

    • http://twitter.com/matthewfabb matthewfabb

      The majority of websites don’t use HTML5. A large number of mobile sites use some HTML5 features, however IE8 and lower still have a big enough marketshare on desktops for companies to avoid using too much HTML5, at least without some sort of fall back for users on older browsers. Example Net Applications has IE8 as the most popular browser with 29% worldwide, with IE6 at 7.50% and IE7 at 5.41%. This is slowly changing, but will likely be years before they are small enough to ignore.

  • Jdog25

    Honestly I could care less. I have had Flash installed since it came out on the Nexus One and now on my Nexus S but I never really use it and when I do it makes the browser so damn slow. I have also had free tethering for almost 2 years and even though I don’t really use it, when I have to it comes in really handy unlike Flash.

  • itsthenew

    I Read a review yesterday on the Motorola Xoom when it came out and it had the same problem (Honeycomb didn’t support flash out of the box), it will come, finally :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/BoscoH Brad Hutchings

    Whoah horsey. Adobe did not cancel AIR on mobile. They cancelled the Flash Player. AIR apps (compiled apps that use Flash dev tools and API and are typically deployed via app stores) are central to Adobe’s mobile strategy. Flash apps deployed through mobile browsers are not.

    • TongueDar

      Hopefully “Quentyn Kennemer” reads your comment and corrects the article..
      I logged in to post after reading the missinformation on my tablet.  Adobe did a bad enough job with their own PR, so we don’t need blog sites conveying the wrong info.

    • http://twitter.com/matthewfabb matthewfabb

      Not only is Adobe AIR mobile a key part of Adobe’s mobile strategy their all but 1 of their new tablet apps such as Photoshop Touch uses Adobe AIR mobile. So yeah this is completely wrong.

  • Frank

    No flash for android 5.0?

  • Frank

    In the future

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MRXKXFO5F7NVWFJHNZFO7NEHVY Big R

    Great, the phone we will not have gets Flash support.  What is the point of this article?

  • Chet Stovepiper

    cool now lets see if we get a galaxy nexus for sale in december

  • chris125

    If the phone is even out by then…

  • TongueDar

    Another post to the mix. This article is WRONG.  Adobe is ‘not’ dropping AIR for mobile.

    • Devinrob

      Thanks for saving me the trouble of verifying that.  It sounded off to me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/IanMMA Ian Smith

    Cool I guess.  Usually just slows everything down though.