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Adobe Flash's Death Warrant Signed for Android

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And the line between iPhone and Android is further blurred.

Just a couple days after Google confirmed that Adobe will be late in its delivery of Flash to Android 4.0 -- otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich -- the merry Flash-makers announced that the mobile platform will not be included in Android 5.0.

Speaking with the tech blog Pocket-lint, an Adobe spokesperson said, "Adobe will release one more version of the Flash Player for mobile browsing, which will provide support for Android 4.0, and one more release of the Flash Linux Porting Kit -- both expected to be released before the end of this year." That means, beyond Android 4.0, Google will join the likes of Apple and be without Adobe Flash for its mobile devices.

The company added that Adobe will merely provide critical bug fixes and security updates.

Given previous Android releases, Pocket-lint estimates that Android 5.0 could make an appearance at Google's next I/O conference this coming April and be shipped by December 2012 at the latest -- around the time its flagship Nexus devices hit the shelves. At that point, Flash's inclusion in BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and other mobile devices also looks pretty unlikely.

But hopefully by then, more sites will have made the shift to HTML5. Otherwise, there will be a lot of blank windows in smartphone browsers come 2013.

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