Picked up a Samsung Galaxy Nexus recently? Well, you might be surprised to find it doesn’t come with Adobe Flash Player installed, preventing you from enjoying the joys of web ads and reduced battery life.
Turns out there wasn’t simply enough time to strap Flash on top the latest Ice Cream Sandwich release of Android, which made its debut on the Galaxy Nexus on Thursday.
The good folk at SlashGear, who first reported the inconspicuous absence, were told by Google that this is normal and that Flash support will be available when Adobe decides to update it for Android 4.0.
This might take a while, though, after Adobe announced earlier this month that it will cease developing Flash Player for mobile devices, citing increased uptake of rival platform HTML5.
We’ve had a Galaxy Nexus in the office a few days and for not once did we notice Flash support missing. And perhaps that’s the whole point. Most prominent websites now support HTML5 video, as well as H.264 and MP4, so how much you need for Flash on mobiles for a comprehensive browsing and multimedia experience is a moot point.
That said, those of you still hoping for Flash Player on Android Ice Cream Sandwich may yet get lucky if Adobe is willing to give the platform one last spin before shipping it off to oblivion. We’ll be sure to let you know when as soon as we find out more.