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Adobe: Chrome for Android Does Not Support Flash

Many people realized after downloading Chrome for Android beta that it did not support Adobe’s Flash. Should we be surprised by this? Well, Adobe doesn’t think so. Last November they did announce that they would no longer be developing Flash for mobile browsers. So any new browsers that come to the Market, we can expect there to be no Flash support:

Today Google introduced Chrome for Android Beta. As we announced last November, Adobe is no longer developing Flash Player for mobile browsers, and thus Chrome for Android Beta does not support Flash content. Flash Player continues to be supported within the current Android browser.

No shock here, folks. But could the lack of Flash support turn you off from the new Chrome beta? At least for now until something better comes along?

Via: Adobe

  • JohnPA2006

    Flash is cool, but it stinks when you have the web page stutter and freeze while its also loading the flash advertisement,  on your mobile device.
    so Flash on mobile is a blessing and a curse.Hopefully soon HTML5 will be in even more places than it is now.

    • JohnPA2006

      Flash was cool on my OG Moto DROID, but when those darned flash ads popped up on a web page that had them, the scrolling on that page would stutter thanks to its support for flash and the 99% of advertisers that still use flash. I have the iPhone4 on verizon now,and plan on going to the BIONIC or Nexus in about 2 months. I could give a rats behind about flash. Flash needs to die a horrible flatulent death.

  • To Flash or not to Flash, this is the question.  I say…NOT.  Although, a big selling point for these android devices was its Adobe Flash support.

  • Josh Groff

    Chatango works perfectly fine with mobile flash.

  • Anonymous


  • as for the desktop part, Flash is and will be the best thing for gaming/rich internet applications with the new additions of gpu 3D capabilities.

  • Flash is not obsolete at all. Of course there are other technologies that work maybe better and are lighter for mobile sites (that usually have a solid color bg, some texts and icons).. But I bought an android phone just because the blogs I usually read use many videos embeded, all in flash. So I think Chrome is not for me.

  • Anonymous

    I will stick with Dolphin HD i think. Mind you i don’t use flash that often on the phone so i may give it a try for that but for my tablet, not a chance!

  • Anonymous

    look at all the android fans. the same ones that dogged the iPhone for its lack of flash are now saying “no biggie.” Apple was right all along to support HTML5. 

    • Anonymous

      That would be dogging the ipad for it’s lack of flash. Who cares if the iphone has flash? that thing is to small to watch anything with anyway.

      • sn0wbaLL

        small maybe for you. either way, what i meant was iOS products in general. And don’t deny the fact that the subject was much talked about back then

      • Anonymous

        “Who cares”

        A lot of people when it was Apple not Google.

  • I rarely use Flash, even on my computer, and in most cases I’ve just been able to use an app, like Youtube.

  • Anonymous

    and this is why I won’t be using it.  Not that its an absolute necessity but other browsers do support it so why miss out.

  • installed Chrome… soooo, i can uninstall Flash if its not supported right?

  • Anonymous

    But, why does it matter, even Adobe doesn’t support flash.

    • Anonymous

      For some it was THE reason for choosing an Android phone.

  • Anonymous
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  • Downey1971

    Um.frontrowsports.tv may have been taken over but you can go to frontrowsports.eu

  • Kierra

    lol so now everyone agrees with Jobs? 

    • Jeff

       I hate to admit it, but it looks like he was right on this one…

  • Dear Adobe:

    Everyone is trying to drive the web away from Flash.

    Take the hint.

    The Internet

  • it just tells me that i will be sticking with dolphin HD for now, which i have set for flash ‘as needed’. as was said below, it’s still used on a lot of sites.

  • GCurry

    So how well does Chrome do on HTML5, relative to competition?  

  • And you know, I just realized that the YT works great in the browser.  So did gmail and g+.  Do the apps really do this job better?

  • Dfullerman

    Actually you are wrong! Adobe stated they would support flash through Ice Cream Sandwich but would not support it after Android 4.0. Last I checked google chrome beta runs only on 4.0 so my guess it will be supported but adobe just has not had a chance to update it yet since the beta was just released.

  • Bionicman

    i’m sure chrome is nice and i will eventually try it out but honestly, the stock browser is great on my GNex! its fast and syncs all my bookmarks. i heard its even faster with 4.0.4. No rush to download Chrome and try it. oh and flash is a plus. 

  • Ridgerunnerjr20

    Does anyone know how to force desktop mode yet?

  • Bunie

    Developers need to stop using Flash. Problem Solved. HTML5 does some magical things anyway.

  • Sticking with stock ICS browser on the Gnex.  Thanks for the lack of support dickheads!

  • Anonymous

    Finally, been waiting for this forever. Flash apps load amazingly slow on my GS2 and drain battery life like crazy.

    This has been years in the making.

    • So set flash to on demand…?

      • Anonymous

        The thing is, I feel like some sites are just putting of the transition to HTML5. The less people with access to flash, the less traffic they get, the quicker the transition.

  • Christian

    In the history of my smartphone use, I don’t think I’ve ever used Adobe Flash in a mobile browser. And that’s why I still love the Chrome Beta 🙂 It’s an interesting topic though…maybe you guys could do a poll to see how many people will only use a browser with Flash support.

  • Oh. Well damn. I use flash all the time. This sucks. 

  • Mayze

    Bummer back to ICS browser +

  • Anonymous

    That’s why its been so damn fast.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure I am in the minority but when I load a rom I usually forget to even put flash back on for a while.  I barely need it so I doubt I’ll miss it.  Already replaced my browser shortcut on my launcher with Chrome.

    • I was just about to post the same thing. I downloaded flash a week ago. I thought I had it, but didn’t even notice it was gone since I got the phone. rofl

    • Anonymous

      I’m a sneaky bugger.  I install flash, then set it to only load on demand… this means that any flash ads will still try to load instead of detecting that flash is unsupported and loading an irritating GIF or something.  Instead of the obnoxious ads I’d get with flash either ON or OFF or not installed at all, I get nice calm white space.

    • Josh Groff

      I always forget, but rarely miss it.

  • Thurmjl

    The only time I use flash is for porn other than that I could always use porn down loader 🙂

  • Who cares! lol

    I haven’t used anything flash related in my browser in over a year anyways!! I’m so in love the Chrome beta!!

  • rocketdaddy

    At this point flash is still too useful to just drop it.  I’ll stick with the stock browser or variants until HTML5 takes over sufficiently.

  • i dont use flash often in the browser. and this seems to speed up the web pages to the stuff that matters to me most. content. i still read believe it or not.

  • Douchedrinker

    Flash is dead. Get over it people. Be mad at the sites who still use the antiquated interface.

    • Anonymous

       Flash is not “dead.” MOBILE flash is dead.

    • Jason Paterson

      Coming from an iPhone platform (now on a GNex) I concur… I haven’t had a need for Flash in a long time, and still don’t. I’m not sure what sites people are visiting that require Flash – I certainly haven’t used them.

      • Anonymous

        I myself went from android to the iPhone 4S…didn’t use flash then…don’t use It now….HTML5 works just fine

  • Anonymous

    I can’t see myself without flash. There are so many websites out there right now with Flash. It may not be the most efficient program and it may drain battery, but without it right now my web experience is incomplete. Those who don’t miss it probably do not watch streaming videos online.

  • Anonymous

    Whatever… HTML5 is on the rise and will render Flash obsolete in the not too distant future.  Just an inconvenience until then.

  • You guys who don’t care, how do you get your mobile porn fix?

    • Anonymous

      Finally, someone cuts to the point!

    • People with iPhone seems to manage pretty well

      • Benjamin Landwehr

        Because they have no other choice..  I love flash, I use it for sites like First Row Sports to stream football and stuff if I don’t a computer near me.  I have high doubt this will get HTML 5 anytime soon since it’s strictly for streaming.

        • Looks like FirstRowSports is no more.  The domain has been seized by Homeland Security Investigations according to their website. I guess you don’t need flash after all.

          • Anonymous

            Because First Row Sports was a great threat to National Security… /sarcasm

          • Anonymous

            firstrowsports.eu works.

            Besides its not like its the only site that streams sports on the interwebsssssss

          • Mike

            Porn is a sport.

          • Anonymous

            Masturbation is exercise. I’ll show myself out.

        • Anonymous

          Untrue…you can indeed get flash on an idevice pretty easy…just simply install a browser with flash support or jailbreak your idevice and install flash that way…however most iOS users really have no need for flash anyway

          • There is no flash support of any kind for any apple mobile devices.Period.SkyFire Browser is often mistaken as having flash support, it does not.It only re-transmits flash video from a site to your phone.As for Jailbroken phones I have no idea.

            Thanks, just wanted to add my 2 cents. 

      • Benjamin Landwehr

        Lawl disgregard the last reply.  I clicked view new comments, didn’t know this was about porn lololol.

      • Anonymous

        On the contrary. My cousin has the iPhone 4S and I impressed him with watching the end of college basketball game on First Row sports when I had to go to the bathroom. He said “You missed the end of the game.” I pulled my phone out and showed him the screen and said, “No I didn’t” He was very very impressed. If they embed those streams into HTML5, then I am all for it. But until then, we have to have flash support.

        • Anonymous

          BTW… the government shut down First Row Sports 🙁

          • Anonymous


            They can’t seize the EU domain

    • Benjamin Landwehr

      I send em dirty pics.

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  • Anonymous

    Since a lot of content on the web still uses flash, the stock Android browser will still get most of my use (I like being able to view videos and whatnot right in the browser). Chrome is awesome on Android though. It just needs the same quick controls as the stock browser and a few other things, and it’ll be perfect. Oh, and extensions like the desktop client. The swiping to go between tabs is awesome too since you don’t have to go to the tabs section of the browser to switch them.

    Also, doesn’t Google basically update Flash for desktop Chrome themselves (honest question)? If so, there’s no reason they couldn’t do it for the Android version.

  • Rubenalifuenmayor

    Been using it for an hour and I love it, I think its great for a beta.

  • Jkroberts0

    This wouldn’t strike me as a problem if HTML5 adoption were more widespread. As it stands, Flash still constitutes at least 90% of the web. For things involving Flash, I still have the native Android browser. No big deal.

  • Topsitee

    Deal Breaker for me how often do I visit a site and want to use flash, often. What is a browser if you can’t enjoy premium content?

  • John

    Anyone figured out how to make the tab preview do a flip? I know it’ll slide up n down based on whether phone is upright or down, but there’s a thing it does if you lay your phone flat while it collapses the tab previews. I can only do it one out of 50 tries

  • Anonymous

    Not really, mere seconds for youtube to open, Google Blogs plays well in browser and my PremiumPass is still showing in Browser in all its Glory 🙂 

  • Anonymous

    I installed flash on my Nexus, realized it still sucked and uninstalled it the 2nd day.  I can’t say I’ll be missing flash.  

  • I have a feeling this may help force web pages to develop HTML5 content more. Flash is terrible anyways, it causes my prime to freeze for a second every time a page with flash loads.

    • If the iPhone’s lack of support couldn’t kill flash, I doubt a beta of Google Chrome on Android will.

      • No not chrome by itself,but if a future android release includes chrome instead of the stock android browser it will make a difference. I feel by the end of this year most web pages will be using html5.
        Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4GLTE smartphone

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  • Anonymous

    How on earth will I play Kitten Cannon?

    • Anonymous

      Get it from the Android Market. https://market.android.com/details?id=com.handson.kittencannon&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5oYW5kc29uLmtpdHRlbmNhbm5vbiJd

      • Anonymous

        Wow, I was just making a little joke…but you my friend have mad my day.  Thanks!

  • Michael Forte

    Doesn’t even bother me at all really.

  • Anonymous

    Translation: We’re not updating Flash to support Chrome for Android.

  • this sucks. guess no chrome for me.

  • Flash on my phone and tablet works better then it does on my computer.

    • Madcow06

       Sounds like you need a new computer.

  • So this means I cant watch the latest episodes of Downton Abbey on the PBS site? Lame.

    Dont judge me.

    • Anonymous

       No judgment. I love Downtown Abbey!

      • I prefer Downton Abbey to Downtown Abbey =)

  • My last phone that I had for 2 years didn’t have flash, I didn’t miss it.  Flash needs to die.

  • Anonymous

    And we win, flash sucks!

    • +1!!!!!!

    • No, we lose. Flash is still popular.

      • Anonymous

        Every situation like this pushes companies to move towards HTML 5 a little bit more. It’s a good thing.

        • STR

          The problem is that is a lousy way to transition to a new platform. Transitions should be as transparent as possible and based on the needs of both the providers (websites) and users (you). When the replacement (HTML5) isn’t ready and the providers haven’t implemented anything, you have a problem. Stuff won’t work. Thanks to a dead oligopolist who DICTATED our choice to us, based on his personal philosophy, we’re entering a 3 year (or more) mobile hell of half-functioning websites. This comes at the worst time, as mobile devices finally get the screen resolutions and horsepower to run PC-level content.

          Mobile Flash was ALWAYS a stopgap technology. Just because it was a stop gap didn’t mean it wasn’t useful. More importantly, just because it wasn’t useful to you or the Late Mr. Jobs doesn’t mean it wasn’t useful to me. It’s not your, or his choice to make. It’s my choice, or was my choice until it was taken away.

          This sucks. Period.

          • Anonymous

            Disqus keeps eating my reply. Short version: If Adobe is going to quit on Flash, jumping neck deep into HTML 5 is the least bad solution.

  • Never used mobile Flash, so I couldn’t care less. I am, however, excited about the HTML5 support — it is waaay better than the stock browser.

  • Anonymous

    Ugh. Thats a disappointment. Means I still need two browsers on the phone. Flash is still all over the web and will continue to be for some time.

    • agreed

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  • A new browser shouldn’t have to worry about an abandoned platform.

    • Anonymous

      As long as Flash continues to be ubiquitous on the web, it needs to be worried about. I’m not huge on Flash, but I like to be able to use it when it’s the only option there.

  • Bogglefassie

    hell…yeah no flash….no likie!

  • David Hussey

     Until Turntable.fm either drops Flash requirements or comes out with an Android app, I will continue to be frustrated.

  • Die! Flash Die!

  • Anonymous

    bah.. i guess i’ve just come to accept it.  as much as i would like to have support for it, it does kind of suck on mobile devices.

  • Yeah, I’ve only installed Flash on my GNex just to test to see if it worked. It did then I wiped and installed another ROM and have never again installed Flash. So I’m perfectly fine with this. 🙂

  • No biggie.  Just means I’ll use Dolphin for flash video and Chrome for everything else.  😀

    • Dan Navarro

      Exactly what I was just thinking reading all the boo hoos…………….

  • hanky spanky

    doesn’t bother me one bit.  Actually, since getting my Gnex back in November, I haven’t installed Flash on it.  And I don’t miss it.

    • Mptrh336

      Agreed. flash isn’t everything. I don’t have and don’t want it.

  • Uninstalling. we are not ready to give up flash yet. most of the internet websites still are using flash. I dont mind not using flash but as long as it doesnt affect me. But right now it definitely will