How to bring Adobe Flash back to your Android device, including the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10
0. phoneArena 22 Nov 2012, 05:17 posted on
Full Adobe Flash support has been nixed with the arrival of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and often even ICS handsets now ship without the controversial piece of software. The need for it, however, hasn't gone away, as many more obscure video sites, as well as online game hubs still require Adobe Flash support, so kudos to those Android manufacturers like HTC, which still load it as an option with their phones in the default browser, even if the handset is running JB, like with the One X+...
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1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
I love what the iPad 3 and 4 offer, but flash support (and the 16:10 screen cause of my media consumption) is why I'm buying the Nexus 10, even though it's shorter on GPU performance.
2. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
...with all the features of a Nexus 10...you bought it for Flash support? Even with a huge amount of websites abandoning Flash or just coding things in HTML5? I've had an iPad 2 and a third gen iPad and I've not needed Flash a single time. Nexus 10 is awesome, but Flash shouldn't be the main reason to buy it. It's like buying a car with a cassette player...
4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Only Flash content is here to stay for at least another 5 years unfortunately, and it is the main form of browser-based streaming, so the lack of it takes away a very large portion of browsing experience.
It's a tight race decided by who prefers what, plenty of reasons to go with the better tablication environment and the cassette-era aspect ratio of the iPad, similarly Flash and modern AR could decide it for others, can't go wrong with either.
7. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
I don't like Flash any more than the next person but more than half of the internet uses it. A lot of websites display it and having it is not a luxury to me, it is a necessity. So I am glad that Android can do it. But I would've loved it if it were possible on my next favorite OS, WP8, don't really care for iOS though, at all.
9. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
... exactly. There's not a person who likes Flash, but that's what we got all over the internet, and I don't see the kind of content switching to HTML5 anytime soon, so yeah, Flash can be a deciding factor when competition is so close. I guess the exta $100 too, but we'll play that for the keyboard dock anyway.
11. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3586; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Why is Google not selling phones with Flash pre-installed??? Doesn't make sense to me!
13. jroc74 (Posts: 5967; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Tell that to my kids mother that needed Flash for college work. Her professor used a website for the entire time. He used Flash. She was able to do school work at work with my phone.
Sometimes, it is what it is. Some of us just want or actually need Flash.
I wouldnt compare it to a cassette player. Flash is still heavily used. How many cassette tapes are available....
3. frydaexiii (Posts: 1425; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
I thought Dolphin disabled Flash by default in JB...The only way to get it working is by Titanium Backup.
5. sorcio46 (Posts: 434; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
We are at Android Jelly Bean 4.2 and that crap Flash Player by Adobe is still optimized (is a big word) for 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich... Could Google bring it directly into Chrome like it is doing in its Desktop version?
6. Retro-touch (Posts: 272; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Google abandoned flash from Android 4.1+ there's no way they'll bring it to chrome
10. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
No it is the other way around. Google did it first then adobe then gave it. HTC one x+ with jellybean still have it. But my nexus 7 does not.
12. Firedrops (Posts: 249; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)
The HOX+ only simulates having AFP, and that's only in its native browser.
If you want flash in 3rd party browsers like Dolphin, you'll have to sideload the full AFP like mentioned in the article.
14. The_Innovation (Posts: 601; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
Dam it! Why won't it work on Chrome?
15. a22matic (Posts: 17; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
I downloaded flash on my Nexus 10, but it doesn't appear as if flash is working in Dolphin. For example, if I go to ESPN, the videos won't play. Am I doing something wrong? I'm not rooted...