Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus finally arrived last week (at least for users in Europe, at least), bringing with it the first real look at Ice Cream Sandwich for many. One thing new owners of the phone were quick to notice was the absence of Adobe Flash Player in the Android Market. Considering Adobe’s recent announcement that it was pulling Flash out of the smartphone arena, it looked like Ice Cream Sandwich might have missed its chance to get Flash for good. Though Adobe is still going forward with its plan to get Flash out of the mobile game, a company spokesperson has confirmed plans to deliver an Android 4.0 version of Flash Player before doing so.
Adobe intends to have a release of Flash Player that’s compatible with Ice Cream Sandwich ready to go before the year’s out. For many smartphone owners, that probably means that Flash will already be available by the time that Ice Cream Sandwich updates are made available for their handsets. Once that version arrives, Adobe will continue to release the security-related updates it talked about earlier, but this planned Android 4.0 release is really the last we’re going to see containing anything resembling new features.