Love your Sprint HTC EVO 4G, but hate that it’s limited to the Flash lite player? Well, that ends today, as now you can download and install Adobe Flash 10.1 Player and start enjoying a full flash experience on your EVO 4G – all without the need to root the device, or flash the Android 2.2 Froyo OS.
We gotta give it up, once again, for the Android devs doing great work like this that lets us mere mortal Android users take full advantage of the Google mobile operating system. Problem is, it doesn’t seem to work for all devices, judging by some comments left on the XDA forums. Those with an HTC EVO 4G seem to have no problems with it though, and have been happy have the ability to stream movies just fine off of their big-screened smartphones. There’s one big drawback, though, and it can only be said just how out own Marc F has said it
I was seriously thinking, “How can the EVO’s battery life get any worse? Prayers answered.”
Yes, this certainly may just demolish the battery life on the HTC EVO, even more so than it already does. But not having to wait for the Android 2.2 Froyo update in order to get Flash 10.1 Player on your EVO may be worth the battery drainage for some. Especially since we know it’s probably going to be a while until HTC officially releases the update for their 4G baby.
What could make this latest version of Flash 10.1 Player even better? Well, how about that it works with the HTC Hero as well, and possibly some other Sense 2.1 devices out there, (hello, Droid Incredible). While the full Flash experience may indeed work on the HTC Hero, there’s no telling how it will perform on the lower-spec Android phone. We’ve yet to get any real-time action with it yet, but we’ll be sure to update it when we get some hands-on with it.
This is a big win for the Sense devices that have been running 2.1, with no definitive time line as to when they may be receiving Froyo anytime soon. Let’s hope a similar fix is coming to the Droid X, if Flash isn’t already available when it gets out of the gate.
Sense 2.1 users, get your Flash on here.
For the life of us, we could not get this to work. We tried an EVO, Hero, and even the MyTouch Slide to no avail. Having done my fair share of tinkering with different ways for the device to recognize the Flash player, it still loads the Flash lite player every time. Turning off the HTC-built Flash lite player didn’t work, nor did installing another web browser (Dolphin Browser HD). If any of you are having some success with this, please, do tell. But for now, we’re gonna call this a big fat fail.