In a move no one didn’t see coming, Adobe has confirmed that Android’s new hot browser, Chrome, will not support Flash. Ever.
It’s not surprising considering that the company has ceased development of the mobile plug-in, and is only supporting it on an as-needed bug fix basis. While the regular Ice Cream Sandwich browser will continue to support Flash, it seems that future versions of Android will not be so lucky. Instead it will focus on improving HTML5 support through the WebKit standard, like what iOS is doing with the Safari Mobile browser.
In another development, it would seem that Google will integrating Chrome for Android into future versions of the operating system, but as a stand-alone “Google App” and not as a part of the core operating system. This could mean that users building Android from source, via the Android Open Source Project, could be without a stock browser unless they have access to the “GAPPS” bundle that comes with Marketplace certification.