Flash for Android, a feature that keeps Google’s Android ahead of Apple’s iOS operating system, will be decommissioned today. Adobe gave this announcement back in June that it would limit access to Flash for Android on August 15 and its today.
This means new device owners won’t be able to download Flash Player for their devices. The description on Adobe Flash Player 11’s Google Play store page says, “FLASH PLAYER IS NO LONGER BEING UPDATED FOR NEW DEVICE CONFIGURATIONS. FLASH PLAYER WILL NOT BE SUPPORTED ON ANY ANDROID VERSION BEYOND ANDROID 4.0.x”
The current Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich is the last Android operating system with Flash support and the current Flash users will only receive “security updates” from now on. "Beginning August 15th we will use the configuration settings in the Google Play Store to limit continued access to Flash Player updates to only those devices that have Flash Player already installed," that’s what Adobe said in a statement.
Adobe will no longer develop Flash Player for new mobile devices after the release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook. But the current users will continue to receive critical bug fixes and security updates from Adobe.