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Topic # 143879 30-Apr-2014 12:02
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I've quickly search this forum, there's obviously a simple solution that I haven't seen I apologise up front for missing it. An app? Maybe someone can point me to it?

How's everyone accessing Flash-based streaming media on their android devices?
A quick search of the forums here did show me something I hadn't known. Android/chrome doesn't support flash, the same chrome for windows does.

The situation:
I buy plant & machinery through auctions in the US/Canada
Some of these are streamed online, and I attend them while here in NZ (usually very early in the morning due to timezones).

Recently - during a grid outage – as an important auction started, I also lost my generator backup (as it turned out, due to a large pump starting up in another building).

I had to power off the computer I normally use (Chrome 34.0/w7) as the UPS can't supply both the power hungry satellite wireless modem/router and computers for any length of time.

Thinking fast I grabbed my kids Nexus 7 -Chrome 34.0/4.4 KitKat and browsed to the auction site but.. “this plug in not supported”.  
Streaming the auction, run by http://www.vortexauction.com/ required a Flash plugin.
I quickly searched the Play Store. Vortex doesn't have an auction app. Then Adobe's site, but couldn't find anything that'd work.
Firefox Beta browser, then FlashFox browser both flaked out on me.

My daughter tells me to leave her device alone - and obviously flash isn't important for what she does with it.

Not that this'll happen again as I'm modifying the backup power system – but not being able to use it in an emergency bugged me.
A quick google hasn't given me an answer for this.

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  Reply # 1033892 30-Apr-2014 12:04
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Flash doesn't exist for Android. It did for earlier 2.x releases but the plug was pulled on it.

Ultimate solution is for the auction site to move forward past 2006, but clearly that isn't something you can control!

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  Reply # 1033898 30-Apr-2014 12:08
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Adobe doesn't support flash anymore on Android.

Because of this, most sites have moved to other solutions - my wife is able to watch lots of streaming video etc on her iPad, which also doesn't support flash.

Your auction site needs to move the times.  That said, there are some browsers, Puffin being one of them, that support Flash by running it on their server and rendering it on your device. How well that'd work for you, I don't know, but I think that's the only solution at the moment.  You can also side-load the old Flash .apk file, but I wouldn't recommend that as I understand it really doesn't work very well at all.

Hope this helps.

PS: DEATH TO FLASH.




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  Reply # 1033899 30-Apr-2014 12:09
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Google(Android) and Apple (IOS) - as well as MS windows phone dont support flash.

So you wont find any official way of using flash on an android/IOS device.

There are a few tutorials on how to bodge it:
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-install-flash-on-your-android-jelly-bean-tablet-or-phone/

I got it working ok on my Sony xperia tablet Z running android 4.3 - have to use Firefox - but it does work.
Wont work with Chrome though.
Wasnt too hard to do.

There are also a couple of browsers that seem to be able to cope with flash:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appsverse.photon
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.browser.flashfox
Havent tried them - but you could have a look...

Put Flash Browser into Google play search and see.




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  Reply # 1033909 30-Apr-2014 12:13
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http://forum.xda-developers.com/google-nexus-5/help/guide-how-to-play-flash-video-android-4-t2548001 is a guide to install flash on 4.4.
You need to use dolphin browser and a modified version of Flash Player.  I have done this on my Nexus 7 on 4.4 and it works fine.



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  Reply # 1034083 30-Apr-2014 16:08
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jonovw: http://forum.xda-developers.com/google-nexus-5/help/guide-how-to-play-flash-video-android-4-t2548001 is a guide to install flash on 4.4.
You need to use dolphin browser and a modified version of Flash Player.  I have done this on my Nexus 7 on 4.4 and it works fine.


Thanks everyone. I had tried Flashfox, jonovw's Dolphin & Flash seems to be the go.
Will now try it on an actual auction as I can see myself using android devices for this in the future.

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