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    [HOW TO] Get Abobe Flash Player & Best Browser Experience On Your Tab

    There have been umpteen threads about this subject & as the question gets asked over & over again, here is the definitive thread

    It seeks to answer the following common questions...
    "How do you get the desktop version of sites?"
    "How do you get Adobe Flash?"
    "How do I "sideload" or install Adobe Flash Player?"
    "What is the best browser on my Tab (or Android)?"
    "What about the "user agent"? What's my browser?



    How to get desktop sites
    This is much easier than it once was

    With all the various Tab devices there are, this instruction is a little generic, but should suffice...
    1. Open the browser
    2. Select Settings - Advanced - Request desktop site... and tick (check) it.

    Now every time you go to a website, you will (or should, anyway) be given the desktop version, rather than the mobile version.

    If you are running another browser, there should be a similar option in the settings of that app, somewhere.


    How to get Adobe Flash Player
    1. Tap the Play Store app in your app drawer
    2. Search for Adobe Flash Player - if it has been removed & is not available to you, then you can download it directly from Adobe.


    Adobe Direct Download Click/tap that link.

    For 2.x & 3.x Honeycomb Tabs... this part... "Flash Player for Android 2.x and 3.x archives"
    The download you want is... Flash Player 11.1 for Android 2.x and 3.x (11.1.111.24)

    For 4.0.x ICS & 4.1.x JB tabs...this part... "Flash Player for Android 4.0 archives"
    The download you want is... Flash Player 11.1.for Android 4.0 (11.1.115.27)

    If there is a newer version, ie with a higher number in the last two digits, go for that one.


    3. Install (sideload) the app.
    4. Open the browser
    5. Select Settings - Advanced - Enable plug ins - select either "always on" or "on demand"

    When you open your Flash compatible browser next time - e.g. the stock browser - Flash objects will display automatically if you have selected "always on" & will require you to tap the flash object if you selected "on demand".

    If you are running another Flash compatible browser, there should be a similar option in the settings of that app, somewhere.


    How to "sideload" or install Adobe Flash Player (or any other .apk file)

    1. In settings, security, allow the installation of apps from unknown sources.
    2. Download or Copy the Adobe Flash Player .apk file to your Tab.
    3. Open a File Manager app on your Tab & tap the Adobe Flash Player .apk file you just downloaded to install it.
    4. Go back to settings, security, & untick (disallow) the installation of apps from unknown sources.



    What is the best browser to use?
    Well, of course, this comes down to personal choice & you will read many comments from posters preferring one browser over another. Here is a list - it isn't exhaustive, so feel free to add your personal favourite to the thread.

    1. Stock browser - much improved but still has issues
    2. ICS Browser+ - based on the stock browser, but with enhancements
    3. Dolphin - many people's favourite
    4. Opera Mobile - sometimes, with demanding sites, only this browser will work
    5. Firefox - now with tablet support
    6. Chrome - perhaps the fastest browser on Android.

    Others are Overscreen, Boat, Maxthon

    Transformer Forum member Madmick has posted a very interesting thread on this subject, here...
    Ranking the Android Browsers




    A word about Chrome

    At Google I/O 2012, Google announced that Chrome was out of its beta phase. It is now a very fast, clean browser.

    Transformer Forum member RajunRajun discovered the following helpful setting...
    You can clear browser history, cache, cookies and all that good stuff.
    Tap the settings icon (three dots in upper right corner of browser)>advanced>privacy
    Then at the upper right next to the settings icon you will see "clear browser history" press that, and the menu will come up.
    But...
    It defaults to the mobile version of sites & has to be switched to "desktop" manually for each tab. It does not now & will never support Flash.




    A word about Adobe Flash & future versions of Android

    Since the announcement of Jelly Bean, Adobe has come forward reiterating that Flash Player will eventually not be supported on mobile devices. In fact, they just posted in their blog and made it clear that Flash Player is not supported at all on Google's new OS Android 4.1/Jelly Bean. Of course, older devices, or devices that come pre-loaded with Flash and have been certified by Adobe will still function with Flash. In the past, all you had to do was grab a copy of flash player from the Google Play Store and it would probably work with your uncertified device.

    Unfortunately, Adobe confirmed that with the release of Android 4.1, they will not certify any device with that OS. Additionally, Adobe indicated that on August 15th 2012, it will configure Flash Player currently in the Play Store to only update devices that already have Flash installed. If the device does not have it installed, then it will not be authorized to download it from the Google Play Store. Additionally, Adobe shared that any device that is upgraded from Android 4.0 to 4.1 will still have Flash Player, they recommend uninstalling it because it will be buggy. It's possible this is mostly a scare tactic, and it may still be mostly functional.

    Source: Phonearena

    If you are looking for Adobe Flash Player - you can download it directly from Adobe.

    Adobe Direct Download Click/tap that link.

    For 2.x & 3.x Honeycomb Tabs... this part... "Flash Player for Android 2.x and 3.x archives"
    The download you want is... Flash Player 11.1 for Android 2.x and 3.x (11.1.111.24)

    For 4.0.x ICS & 4.1.x JB tabs...this part... "Flash Player for Android 4.0 archives"
    The download you want is... Flash Player 11.1.for Android 4.0 (11.1.115.27)

    If there is a newer version, ie with a higher number in the last two digits, go for that one.




    The official Adobe position on Flash & the Samsung Galaxy Tab range

    FLASH PLAYER IS NO LONGER BEING UPDATED FOR NEW DEVICE CONFIGURATIONS. FLASH PLAYER WILL NOT BE SUPPORTED ON ANY ANDROID VERSION BEYOND ANDROID 4.0.x

    While Flash Player remains on Google Play for installation on Android devices that are certified by the manufacturer, installing Flash Player on an uncertified device may result in unexpected behavior and can potentially destabilize your device. A list of certified devices can be found at Adobe Developer Connection - Flash Player Certified Devices. Flash Player WILL NOT be supported on any device shipped with or upgraded to an Android version beyond Android 4.0.x

    With apologies for the formatting , here is a list of Tab devices that appear on Adobe Certified Devices.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab Tablet Android 2.2 FP10.1
    Samsung Galaxy Tab Mobile Device Android 2.2 FP10.1
    Samsung Galaxy Tab Tablet Android 2.3 FP10.1
    Samsung Galaxy Tab Tablet Android 3.1 FP10.3
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.0 3G Tablet Android 3.1 FP10.3
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet Android 3.1 FP10.3
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet Android 3.1 FP10.3
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet Android 3.1 FP10.3
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (T-Mobile) Tablet Android 3.1 FP10.3
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G 32GB Tablet Android 3.2 FP10.3
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE Tablet Android 3.2 FP10.3
    Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 LTE SC-01D Tablet Android4.0.4 FP11.1
    Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus Tablet Android 3.2 FP10.3
    Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus Tablet Android 3.2 FP10.3
    Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus SC-02D Tablet Android4.0.4 FP11.1
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Tablet Android 3.2 FP10.3
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Tablet Android 3.1 FP10.3
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE 16GB Mobile Device Android 3.2 FP10.3
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE for At&t Tablet Android 3.2 FP10.3
    Samsung Sprint Galaxy Tab Tablet Android 2.2 FP10.1
    Samsung USA Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE Tablet Android 3.2 FP10.3

    Installing Adobe Flash Player on any other Tab, particularly when running Jelly Bean (if the Tab ever gets it, of course) "may result in unexpected behavior and can potentially destabilize your device". Adobes' words, not mine.

    Sources:
    Adobe Developer Connection - Flash Player Certified Devices




    A word about the mysterious "User Agent" - or, when is a tablet a desktop or an iPhone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frederuco View Post
    Did some testing:

    using whatsmyuseragent.com:

    Browser:
    (Unchecked): Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 4.1.1; en-us; Transformer TF101 Build/JRO03C) AppleWebKit/534.30 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Safari/534.30
    (Checked): Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/534.24 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/11.0.696.34 Safari/534.24

    Chrome:
    (Unchecked): Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8A293 Safari/6531.22.7
    (Checked): Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8A293 Safari/6531.22.7

    Dolphin Browser HD:
    Android (Default): Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 4.1.1; en-us; Transformer TF101 Build/JRO03C) AppleWebKit/534.30 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Safari/534.30
    Desktop: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10_6_3; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.16 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0 Safari/533.16
    iPad: Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; U; CPU OS 3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/531.21.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.4 Mobile/7B367 Safari/531.21.10
    iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8A293 Safari/6531.22.7
    iPad: Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; CPU OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A334 Safari/7534.48.3

    Firefox Beta (Using Phony Add On):
    Desktop Firefox: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:13.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/13.0
    Android (Phone): Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 4.0.2; en-us; Galaxy Nexus Build/ICL53F) AppleWebKit/534.30 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/534.30
    Android (Tablet): Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 4.0.4; en-us; Xoom Build/IMM76) AppleWebKit/534.30 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Safari/534.30
    iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3
    iPad: Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; CPU OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A334 Safari/7534.48.3
    Microsoft IE: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/5.0)


    I went to Facebook.com with every one of those User Agent settings.

    The following redirected to m.facebook.com:
    Chrome [Unchecked]
    Dolphin Browser HD [iPhone]
    Firefox [Android (Phone)]
    Firefox [iPhone]


    The following defaulted to the desktop version of Facebook.com
    Browser [unchecked]
    Browser [checked]
    Chrome [checked]
    Dolphin Browser HD [Android(default)]
    Dolphin Browser HD [Desktop]
    Dolphin Browser HD [iPad]
    Firefox Beta [Desktop Firefox]
    Firefox Beta [Android (Tablet)]
    Firefox Beta [iPad]
    Firefox Beta [Microsoft IE]



    I also went to NexusTablets.net with every one of those User Agent settings.

    The following redirected to the mobile version of NexusTablets.net:
    Chrome [Unchecked]
    Dolphin Browser HD [iPhone]
    Firefox [Android (Phone)]
    Firefox [iPhone]


    The following defaulted to the desktop version of NexusTablets.net
    Browser [unchecked]
    Browser [checked]
    Chrome [checked]
    Dolphin Browser HD [Android(default)]
    Dolphin Browser HD [Desktop]
    Dolphin Browser HD [iPad]
    Firefox Beta [Desktop Firefox]
    Firefox Beta [Android (Tablet)]
    Firefox Beta [iPad]
    Firefox Beta [Microsoft IE]


    Conclusion:
    Some sites (like Facebook) will ONLY show the mobile site by default if the user agent shows that the device is a PHONE. The Stock Browser does not show itself as an Android Phone, but an Android Tablet. Some sites treat TABLET user agents to show the non-mobile version of the site.



    There you have it Happy browsing
    Last edited by janner43; 12-14-2012 at 02:19 AM. Reason: Added JB to OS types
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    desktop

    When I open then website then go into settings then advanced I do not get an option to request desktop.would there be any other way to always s open on the desktop rather than the android version

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    Quote Originally Posted by lionel View Post
    When I open then website then go into settings then advanced I do not get an option to request desktop.would there be any other way to always s open on the desktop rather than the android version
    Hi Lionel

    Just to confirm...

    Open the browser & then go to Settings - Advanced - Request desktop site... and tick (check) it.

    If you don't have that option on your Tab, then the best thing I can suggest is that you get a different browser from the Play Store. To be honest, the stock browser isn't very wonderful & my favourite is Dolphin browser.

    In Dolphin, to get the desktop version of sites, tap the settings icon (stacked lines), select more, then settings, select User Agent, select Desktop.

    To get Flash content in Dolphin, tap the settings icon (stacked lines), select more, then settings, then web content, then Flash Player & set it to either on demand or always on.

    If you don't have Flash Player already, & need to get it, then the instructions are shown above, in the guide.

    Hope that helps.

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    Many thanks for that info, andd will try that tonight
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    First of all many thanks for your help everyone so far.I have downloaded the flash player app but it still doesnt want to seem to work, I've played around with different browsers and also using desktop on different sites but with no avail.any help would be gratefully received thanks again guys

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    [HOW TO] Get the Abobe Flash Player & the best browser experience on your Tab.

    Chances are you have to go to Settings and set Flash/plugins to Always On or On Demand
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    Just to say that not all websites work the same with different browsers.

    I have a web-based text messaging service which works well in Chrome and poorly with the stock one.

    Like wise IT SEEMS [ am not 100% on this] that the screen shot buttons works differently across websites and browsers

    Like wise the screen shot button for some sites just puts the image in Gallery, whereas for others it first gives a screenshot which can be annotated.

    Just something to be aware of

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    Thanks very much for the really useful advice on installing flash, it worked great on my first attempt. Am now going to get the dolphin browser as the built in browser won't hold the show desktop version on some sites. Only got my new Tab 2 10.1 today and so far I think it's great.

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    Welcome to the forum
    Unfortunately, Dolphin does not support Flash anymore. Try Firefox or Lightning Browser.
    For answers on Flash Player installs, Rooting, Transferring files, printing and Malware/Anti Virus, WiFi problems and more, visit our
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    Thanks for the tip


 
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