Am I supposed to be able to play flash?


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  1. tobiah

    tobiah New Member This Topic's Starter

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    At first, I believe there was a question that would pop up asking me
    whether I wanted to use youtube or not, but I mus have said don't
    ask anymore, because I don't get that now (is there a way to get that
    question back?). Now when I click on a flash file, I get a choice to
    download or play. I click play, and the screen goes black.
    There is some sort of spinning 'loading' graphic, then I get a popup that
    says "Cannot play video Unable to connect to server".
    This happens on any of the major video sites.

    Thanks for any help.

    Toby
     

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  2. zpilot

    zpilot Well-Known Member

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    You get to play light flash apps. Full-blown flash apps - not so much.
     
  3. Cobravision

    Cobravision Well-Known Member

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    Dolphin HD sends the video to the HTC Flash player or the YouTube app, and that might be more compatible than the native but limited flash support in the stock browser.
     
  4. tobiah

    tobiah New Member This Topic's Starter

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    I tried downloading Dolphin HD, but I still get the same thing: black screen
    with spinning 'loading' graphic, then "Cannont play video Unable to connect to
    server".

    Thanks,

    Toby
     
  5. Cobravision

    Cobravision Well-Known Member

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    What website is that? I'd like to test it out on my Evo.
     
  6. Dreamliner

    Dreamliner Well-Known Member

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    Everybody talks about how amazing Android is because it supports flash...realistically, flash on any mobile phone sucks, the phone isn't fast enough to process the info. And the stuff it is capable of processing, are simply ads.

    fail.
     
  7. zepdroid

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    Try m.espn.go.com, then look at "film icon" and click that... this is one that I have exact same problem... BUT it is intermentt (sp?)... I noticed when using wifi, it should guarantee saying can't connect to server... As if using signal with or without 3G, sometimes showed bad connect...

    When I try to use Evo and my Ipod Touch using wifi and test everytimes... Ipod Touch showed video using quicktime everytime with no problem but Dolphins HD get errors and success maybe 1 or 2 times...

    I have figure out since Tuesday that I got new... :(
     
  8. bossxii

    bossxii Well-Known Member

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    Flash light is supported...so basically any site that is using the plug in from prior to 2004 you can view. 10.1 will hopefully not suck as bad as light does on a phone.
     
  9. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

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    That's because the Safari browser is grabbing the newer MPEG-type standard stream and downloading that rather than Flash - then handing it off to QuickTime.

    Our stock browser is indeed AppleWebKit based - basically, very Safari-ish - but like other Android browsers at present it has no linkage to manage that MPEG-type stream (typically H.264 these days) and so instead, attempts service with a Flash-based stream.

    The site itself - espn in this case - is stuttering on delivery of the flash content and the browser(s) in question are losing connectivity and therefore hanging.

    You could assign blame in any number of different ways and be 100% right, so take your pick:

    • ESPN is not doing well supporting the legacy Flash stream along side the newer MPEG-type stream.
    • The Android browsers / Flash Lite package could be more adept at dealing with network stuttering by a content supplier.
    • The Android browsers should be supporting html5/MPEG~H.264 because flash video is going the way of the dodo bird.


    Go here to see what your browser is capable of supporting - on any device or desktop:

    The HTML5 test - How well does your browser support HTML5?

    PS - Once the video begins to play - immediately hit menu, then re-play - that works wonders. (Still shows stuttering video tho - thank ESPN for that.)
     
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  10. Cobravision

    Cobravision Well-Known Member

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    m.espn.go.com is a mobile site that has no video. I went to the full espn site (which you can do in Dolphin) and clicked on one of the videos.

    Then I had to move to a wifi connection.

    I repeated the process and was able to play the videos inside of Dolphin browser (the browser did not hand it off to a standalone flv player like it does sometimes). Although it stuttered a bit at the start, it was smooth after it built up the buffer. I could not get it to go to full screen, but I did unpinch to make the video larger.
     
  11. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

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    Yes and no, I think.

    I went there in my stock browser, got no video.

    I went to espn.go.com - just as you described.

    I went to my browser settings, enabled Mobile view (it's usually off) and then went to espn.go.com - and that redirected me to a version of m.espn.go.com with video (top story) - and clicking on that launched the full-screen flash player stuff.

    Initially voice and picture were beautifully out of sync. Tried Replay - no difference...

    It just sux not getting MPEG-type video, but oh well.
     
  12. IFMISM

    IFMISM Well-Known Member

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    I downloaded the flash 10.1 for the evo, now most video plays, but sometimes it is still choppy
     
  13. TF1984

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    mine randomly works...
     
  14. red_droid7

    red_droid7 New Member

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    you can also try Skyfire, it plays flash too, ive found it can play some content that either the htc or youtube players can't.
     
  15. zepdroid

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    EarlyMon: I checked by using your link (html5) and compared between HTC Evo and IPod Touch (should similiar with IP 3GS and 4):

    For Video:

    HTC Evo and IP showed element and poster image support as Yes but IP have capable of MPEG-4 and H.264 support. :rolleyes:

    I think that explain reason why my new HTC Evo struggle with that... However, I wonder if Skyfire might be capable like IP??

    Will someone who have Skyfire test with this html5 link to what result for video??

     
  16. zepdroid

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    IFMISM: How or where did you get this? I think I need MPEG-4 and H.264 to be installed...

     
  17. IFMISM

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    I downloaded it from xda developers
     
  18. apocalypse_later

    apocalypse_later Well-Known Member

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    No one is running flash on 2.1. The APIs are not there. Youre running flash lite. Wait for 2.2 for full flash.
     
  19. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

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    been running flash 10.1 since I first got my EVO.
    [​IMG]
     
  21. apocalypse_later

    apocalypse_later Well-Known Member

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    Looks like they got it to run using android.webkit.permission.PLUGIN

    I guess thats something of a hack, but if it works, thats great.
     
  22. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

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    Yeah - I was just givin' ya a hard time, all in friendliness.

    I was unsatisfied with it, so I uninstalled it and am going to wait for the real deal - unless I just throw up my arms and go early for 2.2 via root.

    So far, it just offers a LITTLE more site access (for me personally) and doesn't really work 'cept in portrait mode.

    If I can't get to Babylon 5 on slashcontrol.com - and I couldn't, even with this - then it's still a fail - but that's just me.
     
  23. Aldo Junior Ao2

    Aldo Junior Ao2 Well-Known Member

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    I'm watching Babylon5 on slashcontrol right now. I love my Evo bam
     
  24. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

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    No freaking way - HOW?!?!?

    Details, man, details!

    I'd get the commercial and then the control bar - and then it would spin into infinity, never loading...
     
  25. Aldo Junior Ao2

    Aldo Junior Ao2 Well-Known Member

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    Like you said phone rooted running cyan mod 6 the nightly one with flash player 10.1 beta. Works like a charm and fullscreen when watching the show. If you want i'll make a quick video showing you how it looks. Works great also when going to sites like miniclip and you can play games on there.
     

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