As US consumers still wait to find out when the infamous Galaxy Nexus smartphone will arrive at their shores after seeing a Europe release for the device last week, one aspect that may have been overlooked is the fact that the Galaxy Nexus won’t ship with Flash support.
For those of you that are unaware, Adobe has stopped development on all of their mobile Flash applications for the time being, which means that consumers who opt for Google’s flagship Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 handset will not be able to enjoy Flash straight out of the box.
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If you were thinking that you could just download an older version of Flash, think again as we understand that it won’t be compatible with Ice Cream Sandwich so you’ll have to live without Flash full stop until Adobe decides to release an app. Adobe are apparently keen on shifting their attentions to HTML5 primarily, but according to Google there may still be hope for a version of Flash for ICS in the near future.
Here’s a brief statement that they released to Slashgear regarding the issue.
”Flash hasn’t been released for ICS yet so as far as we know, Adobe will support Flash for ICS.”
The big question on our minds though obviously: Is the lack of Flash support on the Galaxy Nexus a huge deal for consumers? It may be seen as a big blow since one of the advantages that Android has over iOS is proper Flash support. Hearing that Google’s own developer phone will not support Flash may be a big shock to some consumers who had taken it for granted as one of the features included with the phone.
To the average consumer who is just looking to pick up the latest and greatest Android handset, this will probably be irrelevant as the lack of Flash support definitely isn’t the end of the world. If you are a hardcore Android fan though and have become used to using Flash content regularly on previous Android handsets, this bit of news will be harder to stomach for sure.
How high do you value Flash support on Android? Are you surprised that the Galaxy Nexus won’t support it or is it not a big deal for you?