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Adobe Releases Flash Player and Adobe Air for ICS

Adobe has announced its plans to release the Flash player and Adobe AIR for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of this year.

The company said in a blog post (opens in new tab) that it will release the software before the end of December for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

The device, the first powered by the Ice Cream Sandwich Android OS, does not come with built-in Flash support, something which had been anticipated by many awaiting fans. The move comes as a surprise because sometime back Adobe announced that it plans to discontinue further development on Adobe Flash for mobiles and focus on HTML5.

The company had said that it would continue to support existing versions of Adobe Flash for the time being and work more on HTML5 for smartphones. Adobe's decision came as a triumph for the late Steve Jobs, who had banned Flash from iOS devices.

"As we previously communicated in a blog post, devices and software updates from our partners which introduce new technologies are being developed on varied schedules that are different from our own, which means that the Adobe runtimes may not always be optimised or supported on devices until a subsequent release," wrote Greg DeMichillie, the Senior Director of Product Management for Interactive Development at Adobe.