Adobe Flash does not pass through its most popular moment. In fact, Flash is discontinued in Android since 2012 . At this point many web developers have adopted the benefits of HTML5 , AMP and other technologies so that you do not miss much Flash on your mobile, but some pages resist the use of Flash .
While in Chrome and Firefox for PC you are still (reluctantly) shown Flash content, the Android versions of the main browsers do not include support for Flash . What can you do to use Flash in a current browser?
The solution, third-party browsers
The solution is the same today as five years ago : use a special browser. In this the experts are the Chinese browsers like UC Browser, Dolphin Browser or Puffin Browser. Now, not all of these browsers have aged the same .
UC Browser has had some recent controversies (with temporary expulsion from Play Store included), requires too many permissions and sends more notifications than we would like, while Dolphin Browser does not just work well and requires an additional installation to make Flash work. So, in 2018 the best option to browse web pages with flash content is Puffin Browser .
Puffin Web Browser18.104.22.16864
- Developer: CloudMosa, Inc.
- Download it on: Google Play
- Price: Free
- Category: Communication
Puffin Browser is an alternative browser of Taiwanese origin that has managed to stay out of controversy, it does not bother, it is updated regularly and that includes support for Flash directly from the factory , without doing anything else.
Open Flash in Puffin
Since Puffin Browser already brings support for factory Flash content, you really do not need to do anything beyond surfing the web as usual. The only thing you have to keep in mind is that some pages can change to the optimized design for mobile devices, without Flash, so you may need to activate the view mode as in the PC .
Puffin copies much of the Google Chrome interface, so it should not cost you to find it as a computer on your menu. Remember that this may only be necessary in some pages that have a different design and no Flash for mobile.
With special controls
Much of the Flash content is created with the idea of a PC in mind, with its keyboard and mouse. This makes it really troublesome to deal with the mobile only with touch controls. Puffin Browser shows special on-screen controls with which to emulate a mouse and keyboard control that can get you out of more than one hurry, especially in Flash games.
The mouse control allows you to simulate the mouse wheel or a trackpad, while the command simulator “maps” certain keys of a keyboard, configurable, to some buttons superimposed on the screen .
And theater mode to full screen
Another peculiarity of Puffin Browser that makes it a great alternative to consume Flash content is the theater mode. Accessible from the same options menu, detects and displays Flash content in full screen . The result is good in most Flash games on the web , although it can be confusing for pages that only include certain Flash blocks integrated with the rest of the web.
In summary, to be able to continue watching Flash content on your Android you must run away from traditional browsers and opt for a lesser known one. There’s no shortage of alternatives in Google Play ( Flash Fox , Ace Browser , Mercury Browser …) but in 2018 Puffin Browser gets the award for “easiest way to see Flash” for working without extra and include extra tools.