Adobe has reinstated its Flash for Android browser plug-in, Adobe Flash Player 11, on the Google Play store.
Half a month ago, the software company decided to remove its Flash application from the search giant’s mobile apps store.
It had revealed plans to stop Flash development for mobile devices since November of last year, and shift its focus on HTML5.
However, on Thursday last week, the Flash Player app reappeared on the Google Play Store to the delight of users who have yet to download it.
Adobe reportedly received continual pressure from several media companies that still use the runtime environment.
“Flash Player continues to be available on Google Play for users in the UK for a short while due to requests from strategic partners. It is expected to be removed soon,” Adobe said in its statement.
Android users who own Google’s Nexus 7 tablet or intend to buy any of the Android 4.1 devices announced during the IFA in Berlin will have to stick with HTML5, as Adobe has no plans to offer Flash support for Jelly Bean and future Android OS versions.
The company added a caveat in caps on Flash for Android’s download page on the Google Play Store: “Note: 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.”
Adobe added that this update to Adobe Flash Player 11 includes compatibility with Android 4 supported devices, performance improvements and bug fixes related to security and stability.
“The complete set of release notes can be found at: http://adobe.ly/H0xv8K,” it added.
Social Barrel confirmed this by installing Adobe Flash Player 11 on a Samsung Galaxy K (SHW-M130K) smartphone that runs on Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread; however, the Android 4.1 Nexus 7 tablet tested displayed a message that it doesn’t support the device.
Adobe highly recommends owners to uninstall Flash Player from their Android devices before an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade, and avoid glitches the app may bring after the update.
“If a device is upgraded from Android 4.0 to Android 4.1, the current version of Flash Player may exhibit unpredictable behavior, as it is not certified for use with Android 4.1,” Adobe said.
“Future updates to Flash Player will not work. We recommend uninstalling Flash Player on devices which have been upgraded to Android 4.1.”
Source: Google Play Store