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Adobe to finally pull Flash from Android

We've heard this more than a few times, but today Adobe looks to get serious and actually do it. Starting tomorrow Adobe will no longer be allowing users to download their Flash Player for Android. It has officially reached the end of its life. Adobe has been a part of Android for a long time, but they are finally dropping support.

Adobe Flash Player updates just in time for the Galaxy Nexus

When review units of the HSPA+ "international" version of the Galaxy Nexus came out, we were surprised to find that Adobe's Flash Player was nowhere to be seen on the Android Market. Of course, that didn't mean much to most US users, since Verizon's combined exclusivity and "delays" meant they couldn't get a hold of an Ice Cream Sandwich phone anyway. Well, Adobe's software developers have delivered just in time, and you can now download Flash for your shiny new Galaxy Nexus, no matter where you are.

Former Flash boss slams Adobe, stock price plunges

Earlier today Adobe made a very unpopular decision: it's abandoning development of Flash for mobile platforms, including Android, as part of a company-wide restructuring effort. Shareholders likewise abandoned their Adobe stock, closing out the trading day with an almost 8% loss, up from even greater losses in the morning. To add insult to injury, former Adobe executive Carlos Icaza told Read Write Web that the company ignored his call to focus on touchscreen displays way back in 2007, leading him to leave his job and get an incredible amount of post-employment vindication right about now.

Adobe officially halts development on Flash for Android

Much speculation has been going on this morning about Adobe's future plans for the mobile platform, and now it's finally official. After some recent cutbacks including hundreds of layoffs, Adobe will halt major development on Flash for Android, instead focusing on HTML5, with the effort that went into flash transitioning to the Adobe AIR platform for app development. Bug fixes and security support (a critical part of the attack-prone Flash) will continue, and at least one more major release will be posted, Flash 11.1.

Flash Player 10.2 Up Now for Android, Incorrectly Listed as 10.1

As you might have guessed, today is indeed the day that Adobe releases their new version of Flash Player, that being Flash Player 10.2, to the world. However, there is a bit of a complication in the title, as in some places it's listed as Flash Player 10.1, and in others it's listed as 10.2. The correct link for the update is below, but before you go there, make sure your firmware is updated to the point it's supposed to be at, especially if you're using the Motorola XOOM.

Toshiba updates AC100 to Android 2.2 with Flash Player support

Toshiba's Froyo update for the AC100 smartbook has been released, bringing Android 2.2 along with Flash Player 10.1 support to the Tegra 2 based ultraportable. Spotted by owner Steve Paine (of Carrypad fame), the 202MB update was pushed out this morning via Toshiba's official software upgrade tool. It replaces the Android 2.1 Eclair OS the AC100 launched with back in the second half of 2010, and will hopefully add up to a new turn of speed for the 10-inch ultraportable. Without a touchscreen, many of the original complaints about the AC100 will still stand, but at least it shows that Toshiba hasn't forgotten completely about the device. [via SlashGear]

Flash Player 10.2 for Motorola XOOM “within a few weeks”

Verizon's confirmation that the Motorola XOOM wouldn't ship with Flash Player support was yesterday's Honeycomb disappointment, but according to Adobe we shouldn't have to wait too long. In a new post on the official Flash blog, Adobe's Matt Rozen confirms that "Adobe will offer Flash Player 10.2 pre-installed on some tablets" together with "as an OTA download on others within a few weeks of Android 3 (Honeycomb) devices becoming available, the first of which is expected to be the Motorola Xoom." Considering the XOOM is expected to go on sale this coming Thursday, February 24, that suggests Flash Player 10.2 for Honeycomb is on course for a release in mid-March. A few weeks without the support, then, but nowhere near as long as iPad owners have been waiting.

Advent Vega gets v1.08 update; still no official Flash

Advent has pushed out a new firmware release for the Vega Tegra 2 tablet, v1.08, said to clear up several of the slate's bugs as well as improve screen responsiveness while on mains power. The release also updates the Vega's WiFi driver. However, the new firmware still doesn't include official Adobe Flash Player 10.1 functionality, which Advent yanked back in December over missing certification. That will be "available soon" the company says.

Android Flash Player Updated 10.1.105.7

Flash Player 10.1 for Android has just been updated. While we do not know exactly what the update includes we can hope that it addresses some general stability and performance issues we have all seen with the mobile player.
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