It was just about one month ago when Adobe finally rendered the whole Flash-on-smartphones debate a moot point with the announcement that it was ceasing development of Flash Player for mobile devices. While we wouldn’t be able to look forward to the same level of support from Adobe, the company did promise to continue with security-related and bugfix updates. Then, after we learned that the current build of Flash Player didn’t support Ice Cream Sandwich, Adobe relented and committed to one last release to add Android 4.0 compatibility, promised for this month. We’re not quite there yet, but a new release of Flash Player for Android has snuck out today, with a couple of those fixes Adobe was talking about.
Adobe’s release notes show Flash Player 188.8.131.52 should include some general improvements to video playback stability, as well as fixes for some specific hardware. Samsung’s Galaxy S2 would occasionally run into problems when trying to stream video that would result in proper audio playback, but without the accompanying video; look for it to be fixed with this release.
Considering the lack of hardware at the moment, this is more future-proofing than anything, but Adobe has enabled 1080p support for Android devices built on NVIDIA Tegra 3 chips. That’s an especially promising inclusion, since it shows that Adobe is still very much concerned with how Flash continues to perform on Android hardware, even if there won’t be any additional feature updates.