While there was news previously (see HTT link below) of Adobe Flash going the way of the Dodo bird thanks to HTML5, Adobe announces that one last version of Adobe Flash for Mobile will be released just for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich, or ICS) and its new devices end of this year and next year.
Android 4.0 is set to connect all compatible Android devices together, much like Apple has done with their operating system , iOS. This is a move that was much needed for Google and its mobile OS, considering the Android ecosystem has become very cluttered and confusing for carriers and phone manufacturers trying to keep up with each new iteration that Google releases. ICS will make Android smartphones, tablets, and maybe even Google ChromeBooks (netbooks) run apps on similar codes that will allow app developers to create the apps for one operating system rather than many different devices, making the process easier on them.
HTML5 is what Apple, Microsoft, and many of the other gods of the industry have deemed ‘the future of web browsing’ so the likes of Adobe must obey. New mobile devices in the future will all be optimized for HTML5 and its buddies, leaving Flash a thing of the past. The year 2012 will still have Flash as a part of it but it looks like its last day on the Mayan calendar has arrived.