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Use Flash in the browser [webOS 2.x]

by Adam Marks Thu, 09 Jun 2011 10:21 am EDT

We first started hearing that webOS was going to get Adobe's Flash player in the web browser as early as late 2009, but that date kept slipping and most webOS users wondered if we would ever get Flash. When webOS 2.0 was released in late 2010 on the Pre2, we finally got to see Flash working in the webOS browser and the implementation was rather well done (even if the occasional video may be a bit choppy at times).

When you load up a page with one or more Flash videos, you will see a large gray box with a triangle, indicating that you could play something in that area. To start up the Flash content, just tap anywhere in that gray box. A few things will happen when you start it up...

  1. The content will change from the gray box to the actual content
  2. The standard web refresh icon on the bottom-right of the screen will turn into an button
  3.  While you are in "Flash mode", you are not able to scroll or zoom in/out on the webpage
  4. Any taps or swipes on the screen will register within the Flash area, not as part of the rest of the web page

But what happens when you want to leave that Flash video, or interact elsewhere on the webpage? All you need to do is tap on the button on the bottom-right of the screen to "exit" Flash mode. The Flash content will continue to play in the background, but you can now pinch-to-zoom on the website or even scroll around the page. You can even initiate another Flash video by tapping on the gray area of that 2nd video (for example, if you are watching the Palm Cast!).

A few additional comments about using Flash

  • If the screen turns off or you minimize the card, the flash video will stop playing. This means that if you want to listen to the PalmCast, you need to keep the screen on the entire time and on the web page.
  • While you are in "Flash mode" (as you can tell by having the button on the bottom-right of the screen), rotating the phone between portrait and landscape mode will automatically zoom the screen in or out so the Flash content fills the screen, as you can see in the screenshot below after the break

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