Since Android 2.2 (called Froyo), Android has supported Adobe flash. Flash is used on many websites nowadays to offer rich media, like for example movies and videos.
With the arrival of Jelly Bean (the latest version of Android), Android will no longer support flash. This doesn’t come as a surprise, because Adobe announced that they would no longer support mobile devices a while ago.
This is going to be a huge miss for everyone on a mobile device (Apple never supported flash from the start) since a lot of websites use flash nowadays.
Bye bye Flash, Hello HTML-5
Instead of Flash, Android will support HTML-5, which is the new standard that does everything flash does, only better. For example watching a movie with HTML takes less cpu power and saves your battery power.
Everyone agrees that HTML-5 is superior, and every site should switch to HTML-5. But it will take a while before every website has switched to HTML-5.
For every S3 owner this news means that if you want to keep using flash, you will have to remain on Android 4. If you upgrade to 4.1 you will loose the ability to play flash files. But we assume that the community around Android will probably create a workaway soon so your still able to watch flash on your up to date Galaxy S3 device.
For now only one question remains, when will the Galaxy S3 get Android jelly Bean?