Almost two months after it made the announcement that it would end Flash development for mobile devices, Adobe has released its promised update for Android Ice Cream Sandwich after the international launch revealed that the phone initially shipped without support and previous versions could not be used.
The update is now available in the Android Market, but does feature a few caveats related to Ice Cream Sandwich such asÂ Â StageVideo using On2 and Sorenson protocols not working and seeking while video is paused will not update the video frame. Also, Ice Cream Sandwich does not prioritize incoming calls, so audio remains playing before and after call is received, and the enter key does not work on the multi-line text input field. Adobe has not stated whether these issues will be addressed in a future update.
As Adobe has left mobile Flash development up to individual licensees, questions remain as to Google’s commitment to the protocol while it tries to enable cross platform video support with its own codec and HTML5, which leaves Samsung to develop the plugin, if it so chooses to.