Flash Player for Android 12/21/12

Google’s Android OS has been a strong competitor to the Apple iOS because Android could run Flash based websites, just to name one reason for its success. As of August this year Adobe has discontinued Android development of their Flash player. So, your favorite educational, flash based, websites like Starfall will no longer run. Many of the game sites run on ‘shockwave flash’ so guess what that means? Well, fear no more! Adobe is still offering the plug-in, they just aren’t continuing the development of it. Think you can go to the Play store to get it? Um, well noooooo. The official Adobe Flash Player was removed from the store in August.

The good news is, Adobe is still posting the Flash Player at their website and you can find it in their archives. Since you are not getting this app from the official Google Play store you will need to make a temporary adjustment to allow a third-party installation on your device. Let’s get started.

Device Settings:
Go to the SETTINGS section on your Android device.
For devices running Android 4.0 = Settings > Security > Device Administration > Allow installation of non-Market apps.
For devices running Android 2.2, 2.3 & 3.x Settings > Applications > Device Administration > Allow installation of non-Market apps.

 NOTE: It is not recommended to leave this setting checked ‘on’ permanently. After completing the Flash Player installation return to settings and turn it off.

Where to get the Archived Flash Player:

Using your device, browse the Internet to this website: http://www.adobe.com
Enter a keyword in the search box found in the top right hand corner. (search for: archived flash player)
In the results the top choice will be titled “Archived Flash Player versions”. Click this title.

Scroll down the next page until you find the category “Flash Player for Android 4.0 archives” The player for Android 2.x and 3.x are listed further down the page. Choose any of the links provided and begin your download. Don’t forget to return to settings and disable the third-party install option, then test your browser on a Flash based website.   

At the start of this article I mentioned that you can get Flash websites to work “for now”…The news is out that Google’s Flash-less Chrome browser will replace the stock browser in the new version of Android 4.1 (aka Jelly Bean). So a feature that you can fix “for now”… will inevitably “break” in the future.

What replaced Flash? HTML5 is the newer technology that renders content faster and across more operating systems.

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