In early November, Adobe decided that, despite its efforts, Flash just wasn’t working out on smartphones. It had given things the old college try, but complaints about performance and competition from other standards ultimately doomed Flash. According to Adobe, the only support we’d continue to see would be in the form of updates addressing security issues and fixing bugs. That sounded fine until people realized that Flash wasn’t going to work on Ice Cream Sandwich. Luckily for us, Adobe decided not to let Flash fade from our memories along with Gingerbread, and got out one last new-feature release, adding support for Android 4.0. Wouldn’t you know it, though: adding-in Ice Cream Sandwich support introduced a few new bugs of its own. Adobe continues to show a surprising amount of support for software it’s supposedly washed its hands of, today releasing a Flash Player update with an ICS-specific bugfix.
There are still some standing bugs even with this latest Flash Player 188.8.131.52 update. It doesn’t fix the inability of paused video to update the displayed frame while seeking, and broken video codecs are still broken. The good news is that a specific playback problem, where certain phones running Android 4.0 would only show a green box when attempting to play video, has now been fixed.
If Adobe keeps at it, we might just see those other couple Ice Cream Sandwich bugs corrected before Flash Player finally rides into the sunset.