That’s right, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus does not have Adobe Flash installed. Of course, when an application isn’t included we tend to query a quick search in the Android Market. And as you can see below, it was nowhere to be found!

But what could this mean? Just earlier we speculated Adobe’s plans for future mobile Flash development, and clearly all evidence suggests HTML5 will eventually be king. There may very well be something included in Android 4.0 that we may have missed, or something big planned on the way. One of the big selling points for Android over iOS and other competitors is its ability to play Flash content, so the fact that Google’s latest “developer” phone doesn’t have it must be a sign of innovation soon to come.

The theory that Flash could be converted on the fly to HTML5 could change the game completely. Devices running Android 4.0 like the Galaxy Nexus could potentially never need a Flash update again. How this would affect the overall browser speed is a different story.

Update: We got word that Flash hasn’t been released for ICS yet so as far as we know, Adobe will support Flash for ICS. We’re reaching out to Adobe for release date.

Update 2: Flash confirmed for Ice Cream Sandwich.

[via Reddit]

  • Jim

    Haven’t you guys read any of the new coming out of Adobe lately. Development to Flash Player has been dropped for all mobile devices. HTML5 is indeed the future.

    • Brian Worhatch

      Yeah you guys are a tech company you should know that Flash Player for mobile devices has been dropped. Come on guy! Look into it more before posting something. This is to them not you Jim lol

      • We’ve covered that too don’t worry.

        Adobe will update n support ICS though. That’s what we’re hearing

  •  flash player may not show up on the Android market but surely it can be downloaded as an apk and installed.

    • Nickfviola

      Amen Sam. That’s how I put Google and Flash on my tablet.

  • Anonymous

    according to the second update, flash will be supported in ICS. It would suck if flash was not supported.

  • Anonymous

    as a android owner i would be kinda mad if android didn’t have flash.

  • Anonymous

    kids these days with no patience. and fix the headline while you’re at it

  • ol1bit

    Phew!   Crisis Averted….

  • if you update to the newest update on galaxy nexus u can no longer get adobe flash 🙁