In November Adobe stated that “We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook. We will of course continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations.” This direction is leading them towards HTML5 for mobile.
Truth is setting in today as Adobe posted a note on their company blog that confirmed Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will not have Flash Player support, plus declared that effective August 15th they will pull the app from Google Play. “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.”
Regarding 4.1, Adobe says they have not tested or completed the certification process and confirmed that “there will be no certified implementations of Flash Player for Android 4.1.” A complete list of certified Android devices that support Flash has been posted on their site, but Adobe notes that if any of these get upgraded to OS 4.1 Jelly Bean you might experience “exhibit unpredictable behavior” and they reiterate that “future updates to Flash Player will not work,” thus “we recommend uninstalling Flash Player on devices which have been upgraded to Android 4.1.” Boom.