Adobe pulled out Flash from Google Play ? ... Why not install it manually: how to

Jul 25, 2013 by Adrian

Adobe Flash Player logoAn official from Adobe announced that "There will be no certified implementations of Flash Player for Android 4.1."… It seems that HTML 5 is gaining ground on the mobile market as Adobe announces that Flash Player will not be supported on Android 4.1 and higher.

If you like Flash player, but you've upgraded your smartphone / tablet to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and found yourself lacking the Flash Player plugin, don't worry, there are still some methods to install it…

The good: The Flash Player plugin can be installed manually, so don't worry, you can still watch your favorite videos using Flash. There are some easy steps for doing this, so bare with me. First, you will need the following:
- A smartphone or tablet that runs Android 2x, 3x, 4x
- A Stock browser installed, because Chrome for Android doesn't support Flash
- Make sure that your OS allows 3rd party software to be downloaded. You can find these settings in "Settings->Applications" for Android 2x, 3x and "Settings->Security" on Android 4.x

The next steps represent the installation process, which by the way, is very simple :) :

1. Download the Flash Player APK from http://goo.gl/CA1WU
2. After downloading it, tap "Install" in the notification area to proceed with the installation
3. Once the installation is complete, enter the stock browser of your device, other than Google Chrome
4. Now, depending on your Android version, you will need to do the following:
  - Android 3.x or later: Go to Menu->Settings->Advanced->Enable plug-ins. Also, select "Always on" if you want the plugin to be enabled all the time, or "On demand", if you want it enabled on certain pages only.
  - Or on Android 2.2 or 2.3, go to Menu > Settings (sometimes Menu > More > Settings), where you’ll find the "Enable plug-ins" option.
5. And…this is it! :) You can now enjoy Flash Player on your new Android 4.1

The bad: The downfall is that, because Adobe doesn't provide further support for Flash Player on Android, the application might become unstable. Also, by using unsupported software, you won’t be able to make security updates in the future, which means that you may become a potential target for malicious software attacks.

At this point we can't know for sure if installing Flash Player will make the operating system more unstable, or even prone to malicious software. So if you've manually installed Flash Player, come back and give us your feedback about this method and your results! :)


Also read:


Inside the rich world of RIA: Flash and Ajax
Flash vs. HTML5 analysis


Tags: Adobe Flash  Google 


Comments


iPhone App Development Company commented on 8/16/2013 10:53:51 AM

I think Adobe has something problem with all the connected media. I agree that it is universal accepted by all user but it reduce the performance of App.
     

jntu world commented on 3/28/2015 5:34:06 AM

The downfall is that, because Adobe doesn't provide further support for Flash Player on Android, the application might become unstable. Also, by using unsupported software, you won’t be able to make security updates in the future, which means that you may become a potential target for malicious software attacks.
     

Anand Mishra commented on 7/2/2016 12:11:53 PM

I high appreciate this post. It’s hard to find the good from the bad sometimes, but I think you’ve nailed it! would you mind updating your blog with more information?

     

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