Adobe pulls Flash Player from Android Google Play store

Adobe pulls Flash Player from Android Google Play store

PanARMENIAN.Net - Adobe is pulling its Flash Player plug-in from Android's Google Play store, BBC News reported.

It follows a decision to halt development of the software for mobile devices.

The plug-in allows multimedia content created using the Flash format to be viewed via a web browser.

Adobe will continue to develop the player for PCs. It will also support Air - a tool which lets developers turn web-based applications using Flash into standalone mobile apps.

The Flash Player had been popular on Google Play - with two-thirds of users giving it a top score.

But Adobe said it was removing the option to install the plug-in because it was likely to exhibit "unpredictable behaviour" when used with the latest version of Android, known as Jelly Bean.

It also suggested that smartphone owners who had upgraded to the latest system should uninstall the Flash Player if it was already on their device.

Although Adobe is no longer actively developing the player for Android, Blackberry or Symbian devices and never released it for Apple iOS or Windows Phone handsets it has said it would continue to offer security updates and bug fixes for existing versions until September 2013.

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