Here is how to enable Adobe Flash support in Android 5.0 Lollipop
posted by Victor H.
Nov 20, 2014, 3:48 AM
Android is often considered to be an open platform, a harbor for free software of all kinds, including Adobe Flash, but ever since Android 4.1 Jelly Bean arrived in June 2012, Adobe itself stopped developing Flash for mobile and out-of-the-box support for the technology vanished. Technically, it was still easy to play Flash-based websites until 4.3, though, as the AOSP Android browser that was then pre-loaded on every smartphone still supported Flash. Mobile Chrome was one of the first to cut support for Adobe’s Flash, but you could still use third-party browsers like Dolphin, Puffin, or others to play back what appeared like a blank spot on Chrome.
With Android 4.4 KitKat, Google adopts Chromium for its WebView, resulting in all those third-party browsers losing their Flash super powers.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is no different - you can’t get Adobe Flash websites to play easily on Chrome, Firefox, Dolphin, or any of the other mainstream browsers. Luckily, there is a work-around. Here is how to enable and play back Flash content on Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Flashfox is currently the only solution that worked for us. It comes in two versions - a free one, riddled with ads, and a paid version that costs $2.99 but comes with no annoying ads. Flashfox is really the only thing you need to be able to enjoy the many sites that rely on Flash, be it sports streaming or something else.
This second step is not mandatory, but Flashify is a nice addition to your browser, since most of you are not likely to switch their entire browsing to Flashfox. Flashify is basically a simple extension that adds a shortcut, so you can quickly open a page with flash in a different browser (in our case, Flashfox). It appears once you tap into ‘Sharing’ -> ‘Flashify’, and only there - you won’t find it in the app drawer after installation.
Flashfox + Flashify for Adobe Flash browsing on Android 5.0 Lollipop
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