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Tablet PC really has no Flash support?!

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by tone67842, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. tone67842

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    I know Macs and PC's. Never got into Smartphones.
    Thought I'd check out Android.
    So I bought a Chinese Tablet PC from eBay (silly man, I'm sure you'll say).

    Eken MT705 , running a Telechips 8902 processor. Android OS 2.3.3. Or at least that's what the man who sold it to me said it is.

    No Adobe Flash support. Android Market tells me that 10.3 is not compatible. Adobe's website seems to think I've got an Apple product when I try there.

    Device seems to have the the most up-to-date firmware/OS available.

    I've since come to understand that the OS version specification is not common across all manufacturers and software compatibility is hardware dependent. (!)

    Any ideas for a fix/work-around that would enable me to view Flash content embedded in html etc webpages??

    Don't even mind radical software/firmware reconfigurations, if that's possible. Though I'm not even sure if I can return it to Factory Default yet.

    But I don't want to spend alot of money on a device that, because of its purpose, will probably get broken or lost quite quickly.

    Any ideas, anyone?

    Alternatively I could use it as a picture frame. Or maybe a drinks mat.

    P.S. What do the Chinese use instead of Flash for embedded internet media? Maybe I could learn Mandarin and watch their stuff instead.

    An 'Internet Mobile Device' that doesn't support Flash. Really?!
     

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    Well, I'll state the obvious which is that you could've expected this with a chinese cheap tablet..

    You might want to check if you REALLY have Android 2.3.3, you can look under android settings, then at "about". You should see an Android Version number there. If it's really 2.3.3 then your processor is probably not good enough and if it says something different you might have been ripped off.

    Oh and you might want to check for system updates while you're there.. Not that you should get your hopes up for that :/
     
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    Hi, cheers.
    Yeah, the 'About Device' menu in Settings states OS 2.3.3, and the Google Updates says that it's as up-to-date as is available.
    Don't know where to get in to read clock speed etc. , but it's meant to be 800 mHz
    The device feels quite well-built and is good other than this issue.

    It's one of those with the built-in mini USB and HDMI sockets, rather than the 30-pin adapter port.
     
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    It's no secret that Flash is an absolute hog. The current HTML5 movement will fair much better down the road in regard to this, but alas, it doesn't help today. I do believe your processor not only needs to be a certain speed, but also a certain type. That may be factoring in here as well.
     
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    This is true, flash on android requires a certain features of hardware graphical rendering to be part of the processor.
     
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    Adobe is just not working that hard to make flash available on every chip....
     
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    Is the processor an armv6 or an armv7?

    If its an armv6 then flash isn't supported (at least by adobe) for armv6 processors

    EDIT

    According to my Googling its an armv6 processor. Which means no offical flash support. There is an hacked flash apk for armv6 processors somewhere on xda, no idea how stable it is though. I'll look around for it.

    EDIT #2

    Here is the link for the armv6 version

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1155538

    Remember its an hacked apk so your results may vary.
     
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    You could try manually installing flash from an apk file instead of the market, there's links all over xda forums for downloading flash 10.2 (since its a real good version to use on cyanogen.)

    edit: here's a post on xda that I d/l'ed flash 10.2 from last week
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=18784114&postcount=2933


    edit:
    lol you'd be surprised at the billions you could make selling exactly that with the right marketing and trendy hipster following. (also if you make it super easy to use for old people and babies)
     
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    They don't, they use their tablets for playing Mahjongg....JK.

    The popular Chinese video sites like Tudou and Youku have specific client applications available, same with Youtube, no Flash needed.

    Good idea, AFAIK more people speak Mandarin than English in this world.

    Yup Apple makes them, and they've been very successful as well.
     
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    Lol I installed flash but never used it... The only time I used flash on a mobile device was watching youtube HD on HP tablet....
    Not really a must have for a smartphone I guess.

    Wondering why I haven't seen "name brand" using Chinese chips, those are so much cheaper than TI/Qualcomm solutions....
     
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    I dont beleive that android 2.3 is running on this tablet :p

    Android 2.3 tablets have relevant specs that support flash
     
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    Plenty of phones run 2.3 with no Flash, like the Galaxy Ace. Tablets running 2.3 are just oversized phones. Basically the hardware probably doesnt support it.
     
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    Most NEW Tablets have a updated processor which can support such features
     
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    Most NEW tablets also run Android 3 Honeycomb, not 2.3 Gingerbread, unless we are talking about these cheap Chinese tablets, which do lack features when compared to mainstream tablets like those from Samsung and Motorola.
     
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    If you buy a cheap Chinese tablet, your likely going to get tech that is completely outdated and in no way shape or form support flash.

    End of Story :)
     
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    In which case does not help at all since the OP did buy a a Chinese tablet. There MAY be some ways to help him, that we just dont know of. :)
     
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