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How to get a browser with Flash on Android TV box running 7.1.1?

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  1. billdz

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    Hi,
    Just got an Android TV box running version 7.1.1. I can't seem to find a way to watch web pages using Flash. It was suggested to use Dolphin or Puffin browser instead of Chrome, but the Play store says both of these are "not compatible" with the device. The workaround at http://razintech.com/install-adobe-flash-player-for-android-7-0-nougat/ also does not seem to be working. Is there anything else I can do?
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    Bill
     

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    Adobe canceled Flash support for ALL mobile devices back in 2011. Every solution from that point onward has been either a kluge work-around (i.e. Puffin and Dolphin browser apps) to very, very misleading solutions using an outdated and not-secure version of Flash (as in that link). So at this point, if you insist on viewing Flash content on your set top box following that article's instructions, just keep in mind that you are intentionally opening it up to exploits and compromising its security. Also note that article is pure B.S., it's a distortion of reality and re-writes a well documented history.
     
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    Thanks for the reply. I side-loaded Dolphin browser but still can't open Flash videos, not sure why, have checked "Flash always on". So there is no safe way to watch Flash?

    update - seems to be working with Puffin browser, although quality is somewhat lower.
     
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    As Adobe now only makes and supports Flash for Windows or Mac. Puffin runs Flash on their servers, in the cloud, and then streams to the Android phone.

    Apparently Adobe plans to kill Flash completely in next couple of years. And so all sites will have to remove it, and go to alternative technology.
     
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    Yes, the cloud server explains the lower quality. Is Dolphin doing the same? Or did Dolphin drop Flash support? It is not working for me.
     
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    Honestly flash hasn't worked on dolphin since I got my s8. I know flash is becoming redundant but at the present time it isn't. There'll always be the odd time where it's necessary. Can't argue with puffin on that count ;)
     
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    FYI, Dolphin makes use of Flash 11, the last Flash version that Adobe made for Android in 2011. Problems with that of course, websites that are still using Flash probably just won't support such an old version. Also Flash 11 doesn't work with recent Android versions.

    Mobile sites just shouldn't be using Flash at all now. And full(desktop) sites expect you to be using a PC or Mac.
     
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