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agibson2000

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I've been looking around for a tablet that will support Abode Flash Player, (went shopping for one the other day and found out for the Kindle Fire HDX one I WAS eyeballing & a Samsung 10.1) both were not capable of supporting the player on there.  I dont need the tablet for alot of junk just you basic browsing, playing flash games, movie watching, etc.  Any help on trying to find a good one with a good price would be great, thanks guys. -changing where to place a ( oops
 

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The Kindle Fire HDX uses an OS that's a proprietary fork of Android 4.2.2 (commonly known as jellybean), the Silk browser that comes native has support for Adobe Flash, it;'s just turned off by default.  You can also sideload Chrome browser onto it which includes integrated Adobe Flash support or Firefox which will also allow the Flash addon to be installed (though finding the last Adobe Flash version for Android can be a bit difficult... hint: Google 'install_flash_player_ics47.apk'). Reasonably sure the Samsung is also running a version of Android and has the same browser options available.
 
Edit; Sorry, Chrome for Android does not have Flash built-in, other versions do. The Firefox option works and there's a Photon Flash Player stand alone, but it's less than perfect.
 

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The Nexus is awesome. Take a look if you haven't.
 
Edit: the new Nexus 7.


Flash doesn't work on my new nexus 7 running chrome.

Is there a way to enable it?
 

SumnerH

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Flash support was dropped by Android over a year ago. It's possible to install the APK yourself and then a browser that enables it (e.g. Firefox), but it's not exactly trivial. Details over here: http://www.howtogeek.com/120277/how-to-install-flash-on-the-nexus-7-and-other-jelly-bean-devices/


If it's just to have games to play, there are a lot of good HTML5 games out there now (and with WebGL, they can be a lot cooler looking than Flash games ever were). http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2013/10/30-incredibly-addictive-html5-games/ has one list.
 

Couperin47

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SumnerH said:
Flash support was dropped by Android over a year ago. It's possible to install the APK yourself and then a browser that enables it (e.g. Firefox), but it's not exactly trivial. Details over here: http://www.howtogeek.com/120277/how-to-install-flash-on-the-nexus-7-and-other-jelly-bean-devices/


If it's just to have games to play, there are a lot of good HTML5 games out there now (and with WebGL, they can be a lot cooler looking than Flash games ever were). http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2013/10/30-incredibly-addictive-html5-games/ has one list.
 
Not being pedantic, just to clarify. Google decided to be openly hostile to Adobe Flash several years ago and promote only newer video formats on everything they did, including Android. Adobe didn't take kindly to this and retaliated by dropping support for Android after Ice Cream. Both sides were being silly/unrealistic as a gazillion sites have a ton of embedded Flash content and there was zero chance that was all going to be converted/replaced. Google's Chrome embeds a Flash emulator in it's versions for Windows & iOS, but not it's own Android version. The result is who got screwed: Android Chrome users and Mozilla (Firefox) which needs a Flash plugin. Fortunately the last valid Flash for Android plugin (install_flash_player_ics 47.apk) still works for Jellybean and afaik will also for KitKat...but as part of this silly spat Adobe buries access to the plugin deep in their archives. The good news: Google the file name I just gave you and the first link is to the direct file from Adobe (Macromedia) guaranteed to be 'clean'. The file exists elsewhere, often with 'later - higher' version numbers but it's the same file.
 

wade boggs chicken dinner

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There are a new batch of windows 8 tablets based on Intel's "Bay Trail" processors that support Adobe Flash and won't break the bank.  For instance:  The Asus transformer book t100.  Here is one review:  http://liliputing.com/2013/11/asus-transformer-book-t100-review-return-netbook-detachable-tablet.html.
 
Might be what you are looking for.
 
P.S.  WIndows tablets support adobe but Windows RT won't let you run anything that you didn't download from the Windows Store so it sounds like you wouldn't want that.
 

Rudi Fingers

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Seconded Wade Boggs' suggestion - a Dell Venue Pro 8.8 is under $300 and is your best choice for a modern tablet that plays Flash games well.
 
If you want to be cheaper or unconventional - you can buy a BlackBerry Playbook off of ebay for less than $100.  I was given one for free from someone who didn't use theirs anymore, and it is still the best non-Windows tablet device around for playing Flash games.  It also works very well for general web surfing and movies - it has very good sound.