Adobe Flash Player now works on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Literally minutes ago, Adobe’s Flash Player for Android has been updated to support devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The timing is interesting, so to speak, considering that Verizon has just released its very own 4G LTE capable version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the first handset in the world to run Google’s newest mobile operating system.
But we’re not complaining. If you remember, immediately after Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was announced, word got out that Flash simply wouldn’t work on the new OS version. Adobe had to step in and update Flash, yet this will be among the last updates that Flash for Android will ever receive. That’s since Adobe recently decided to wind down mobile Flash development.
So let’s hope that the next major version of Android won’t once again break Flash compatibility, because Adobe may not update it again. And then Android device owners will have one less thing to brag about to those sporting iOS hardware (although, in fairness, some iOS fans brag about their devices’ lack of Flash, so they probably don’t really care that much).
The new version of Flash Player is 188.8.131.52 and it should already be in the Android Market (despite the fact that the version number shown there is still the previous one, namely 184.108.40.206). I got the update notification a few minutes ago, so if you haven’t, simply check your Market for updates. A nice surprise may already be waiting.
There are a few small issues with this release. Seeking while video is paused will not update the video frame, StageVideo using On2 and Sorenson doesn’t work on ICS devices yet, PHDS content plays with audio pops, audio remains playing before and after a call is received, and the Enter key doesn’t work on multi-line text input fields.
So keep those things in mind before you start browsing Flash-heavy websites.