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Those of us that have been using Android 4.1 Jelly Bean have noticed that we miss flash since its no longer supported after Android 4.0 ICS, until now. XDA user truth77 has posted an update to Adobe Flash to version 220.127.116.11 for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean users.
The update to Flash is available on Google Play although when trying to download it on an Android 4.1 device will tell you that its not compatible. All you need to do is download the APK and side load it on your device instead of going through the Play store.
Download the Flash for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean APK
After you have installed the apk you will notice that when using the Chrome browser you are still out of luck. This Adobe Flash version will only work on the stock Android browser and not Chrome. We have tried the apk on a few different devices and it has worked on them all so let us know below if it doesn’t work for you and the device you are using.
Those of you that have already been lucky enough to get your hands on a Galaxy Nexus may have noticed that it doesn’t have flash on it. Then going to the Market to download flash you have again noticed that its not there as well. With Adobe announcing that they will no longer be developing flash for mobile devices you start to panic but don’t worry Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be getting flash support soon.
Adobe has stated that they will push out support for flash on Android 4.0 by the end of the year. This being said they have also stated that Android 5.0 will not get Flash and ics will be the end of it. It looks like after Ice Cream Sandwich that Jellybean (or whatever they decide to call it) will have to stick with HTML5 and hope for the best.
ZDNet was the first to announce that Adobe would be stopping all development on mobile devices on its Tech Broiler blog. The statement says that Adobe will stop all development of Flash for Android devices and focus its efforts on HTML 5 and other mobile apps. This was recently confirmed by Adobe on their own blog.
Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.
Adobe does plan on continuing its support on its current Flash for Android. What this means is that new device will still be able to download Flash from the Android Market. All this really means it that when they update the Desktop version of Flash that it will not be ported in the form of an update to mobile devices. The current available Flash package should last long enough for HTML 5 to take over.
Adobe has pushed out another update (second time in a month) to patch a “critical vulnerability” making the current version of Flash 10.3.185.23. What the patch is supposed to fix is a memory consumption issue (CVE-2011-2110) which can cause your device to crash and makes it vulnerable to malicious attacks.
A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Flash Player 10.3.181.23 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris, and Adobe Flash Player 10.3.185.23 and earlier versions for Android. This memory corruption vulnerability (CVE-2011-2110) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this vulnerability is being exploited in the wild in targeted attacks via malicious Web pages.
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This being said you should update as soon as able to avoid any attacks and or crashes.Adobe