I now have my replacement Hudl 7in tablet, and have been trying out the various options for working browsers – with Flash support.
On my phone, I found that Chrome worked well, but this tablet always gets the ‘full’ website, rather than the ‘mobile’ version, and so Flash doesn’t work, any more. Even implicitly typing in the ‘mobile’ version of the URL (m.bbc.co.uk, for example) just brings up the ‘full’ page, and then you get an ‘You do not have the correct version of the Flash player‘ error in place of the video clip, and clicking on the Download link just brings up the usual sad ‘…not supported by your device‘ error.message.
What was needed, was a method to force the browser to access only the mobile version of websites, when (except in Firefox) Flash works correctly..
I discovered that the Dolphin browser did have an option to select a custom User Agent, and I just set this to ”phone”, and now I get the mobile versions of websites, and Flash works!
As I mentioned in my earlier article, we were supposed to all be using HTML5 by now, but on many major websites this just hasn’t happened, yet…
Robert Gadsdon. October 17, 2013.