16
Oct

Firefox is finally getting flash support. Support for the plugin landed in the nightly builds a few days ago - meaning you can try it yourself, right now.

If you want to experience the magic of flash on Firefox, you can try out the latest trunk build right here (pick the .apk file). A word of warning though, it crashes. A lot.

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It really works!

Luckily they've got tons of time to work the bugs out. According to the bugzilla filing, it's not going to be ready until Firefox Ten. If the desktop version is any indication, that'll be launching around January 31, 2012. By then we'll all be using Chrome 25 and flying around in spaceships.

Ok, that may have been a bit of an exaggeration, but really? 2012? Step on it, will ya fellas?

Souce: Bugzilla (Thanks Mark)

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • Rob

    I had Firefox on my EVO before I rooted the app and installed CM7. Now I have whatever stock browser is bundled with CM7 and I have to say it meets my needs when browsing the internet on my EVO, which isn't as often as I expected it might be. Some of the advanced features of Firefox, I have yet to find a need for. Example, I don't need or use the Firefox sync feature as I am an XMarks customers from the early days before it's near-death and subsequent resurrection. Also the Firefox file is still quite large and has that annoying "Loading" screen each time it is started. :)

  • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

    2012 isn't that far away. We're talking 3.5 months given that the release date is January 31.

  • Matt

    I've tried many including Firefox but I just can't get away from my Dolphin HD. FF is still my favorite on the full size computer.

  • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

    I'm curious to know why Flash support in Firefox is so important given that

    Flash is proprietary

    JQery is more popular than Flash

  • Jake

    Tried it on a few random sites and Nightly frozen hardcore every time I tried to enable flash. Useless for now but really nice to know it's finally coming. Thanks for keeping us up to date.

  • Anony

    My only question is how do i get the addon installed?

    • BobbyPhoenix

      +1 I'm running 11.0a1, and don't have the option to enable Flash. How do you do it? Anyone?

  • bit

    Opera mobile has it. Best browser I have used on Android. 11.5 is nearly desktop fast on galaxy s2.

  • http://www.innews.dk Erroneus

    Yep gotta agree with bit on Opera Mobile 11.5. Very impressive browser and right now seems to be the fastest and best looking browser for Android.

    • cowgaR

      Opera Mobile 11.5, the best bar none. The only browser that "scales well" on obscure resolutions, like 1024*600 on my Galaxy Tab (All the others browser use classical 800*480 layout/button sizes...). Wish "adblocking" would be easier to do.

      Firefox? Well, I've been with "him" since he was called Phoenix 0.4 alpha, and stayed so long, enjoying myself compiled 64bit builds. Defending his presence on all fronts. The best desktop browser bar none. Chrome? What a joke.

      Firefox on Android? The d i s s a s t e r.

  • Hal Motley

    If Mozilla can get Flash right (meaning that most of the bugs are dead) and redesign the U.I. for Honeycomb/I.C.S. tablets (with 10 inch screens) I may consider adopting Fennec again.

    Until then I'm sticking with the stock Chrome-like browser called Browser on my Galaxy Tab 10.1.

    But at least I use Mozilla everyday on my main desktop and laptop computers!

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