Adobe has announced that it will soon be ending support for Flash Player on mobile devices running Android and BlackBerry Tablet OS, instead shifting its mobile efforts toward HTML5. So it probably shouldn’t be a huge surprise that the first device to ship with Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich doesn’t currently support Adobe Flash Player.
Still, for a long time support for Flash has been one of the key points distinguishing Android from iOS, so it’s a little odd that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone can’t run Flash at all.
Not only does Flash not come preloaded on the phone, but you can’t install it from the Android Market.
Despite Adobe’s announcement that Flash Player 11.1 would be the last version of Flash for mobile though, there’s reason to think that Android 4.0 will get Flash Player soon. SlashGear reached out to Google for comment, and received a reply that Adobe was working on updating the browser plugin to support Google’s latest operating system.
In other words, you’ll probably be able to view Flash videos or play Flash games on a phone or tablet running Android 4.0… but by the time Android 5.0 rolls around, Flash on mobile will probably be dead and gone.