Bye Bye Flash?
08-15-2012 09:09 AM
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- So this won't have any effect on us then? BBC News - Adobe Flash Player exits Android Google Play store08-15-2012 08:05 AM
- So this won't have any effect on us then? BBC News - Adobe Flash Player exits Android Google Play store
As long as the APK files are available for sideloading, Flash should work fine. Adobe is just preventing anyone (even with an older and previously-supported Android OS) from installing Flash from the Play Store.
It's a 5-minute process to download the APK files and install them.08-15-2012 08:14 AM
Maybe they have a remote kill switch in the app, but they have already announced that existing installs will remain in the play store (so if you have an Ice Cream Sandwich or prior device, and you think you might ever want Flash on it, INSTALL IT RIGHT NOW!), and they'll even provide security updates. So I don't think they're going to come hunting down anyone who might sideload the app after today.
They might go on a witch hunt trying to find all the APKs, but I seriously doubt they care that much. And they'll never succeed.08-15-2012 08:32 AM
- pkcableQ&A Team Leader08-15-2012 08:44 AM
There WILL come a day when it stops working for a lot of sites. The current version of Flash is 11. As sites start migrating to 12 (or 13 or 14) over time, if web developers start using features specific to those versions and requiring those versions at a minimum, we won't be able to see those sites.
But for the foreseeable future, the majority of Flash-based sites should work just fine on the Nexus 7 and any other Jelly Bean or earlier device, for the vast majority of web sites.
The only difference tomorrow is if someone comes to you with a Gingerbread or Ice Cream Sandwich Android and asks how to put Flash on it, you'll have to enable sideloading and install two APKs that you have to download, rather than just telling them to find Flash in the Play Store. For Jelly Bean, Adobe has already pulled Flash (it never put a Jelly Bean version out there in the first place) so we already have to sideload it. That's why this announcement means absolutely nothing to Nexus 7 users. This change just makes ALL devices require sideloading, just like the Nexus has always required.
Plus, I think security updates are going to be harder to find and apply. Right now, when Adobe makes a security update available, it shows up in the App Store as an upgrade. In the future, you'll have to go looking for it, meaning people might continue running insecure/unpatched versions of Flash longer. This is going to be a problem long-term, as it is for any sideloaded apps that don't come from some sort of curated app store with update notification.08-15-2012 09:01 AM
I'd urge anyone interested in Flash to go download those two APKs and stash a copy somewhere, even if you don't install it today. That way, if Adobe decides to go nuclear and complain about people "pirating" their free software or some such nonsense, you've got your own copy stashed away.
I don't think Adobe would do this, since they are still supporting existing installs and pursuing people who want to use their FREE product would be weapons-grade stupid.
But the APKs are pretty small, large companies seem to have an infinite reserve of weapons-grade stupidity, and the more copies that are sitting out in the wild the better.08-15-2012 09:09 AM
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