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Chrome for Android: No flash support, blame divided

Google Chrome remains one of the most popular web browsers in comparison to Firefox, IE and Safari, and you can imagine the delight amongst Android owners when they found out earlier this week that a mobile version of Chrome was now available to download.

However, there is one obvious omission from Chrome for Android and that is a lack of support for Adobe’s infamous Flash mobile player. Just like the millions of iOS users, those of you planning to switch to Chrome permanently on Android will now have to live without support for Flash, as Adobe opts to move on to other projects such as HTML5.

The exact same problem initially occured with Ice Cream Sandwich, as there was no flash support at launch either for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. However, Adobe later decided to release a version of Flash player that supports Ice Cream Sandwich, so users were pleased in the end. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be any plans for Adobe to have the same change of heart regarding the new Chrome browser.

But does it really matter? We’ve seen an awful big fuss created over the lack of Flash for Chrome, but there is always the option of just using the standard browser if one requires to view a certain piece of flash content that bad. We also see a lot of blame headed in the direction of Google and Adobe, but should Apple perhaps take a slice blame for this?

There’s a lot of talk on how the main reason for Adobe stopping their mobile Flash Player is primarily due to Steve Jobs’ decision to not support Flash on any iOS devices. Ice Cream Sandwich users perhaps got lucky with a post-release version of Flash, but it’s safe to say that the mobile flash player may be on its last legs now and this situation for the Chrome player on Android is a prime example of this.

If you have already installed Chrome on your Android device, let us know your thoughts on the lack of flash. Is it really the end of the world for you, or can you live without it until an unofficial solution is found later on? Don’t forget that all the tools are available for Flash as it stands, so all it takes is a developer to spend the time building a custom version.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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