Now that the latest version of Flash for Android devices has been released by Adobe, you can get it on your Sony Ericsson Xpreia X8 running Android 2.1 Éclair. Just follow these simple steps and you will be enjoying flash playback on your handset in no time.
Adboe Flash has become the internet’s ubiquitous vector animation playback format for animated websites, ad banners, games, and media players, among numerous other use scenarios. The ability to be able to view and interact with all the flash content out there right from your mobile phone can come really handy for many of us. While Adobe’s official Flash Player offering does the job well now that it is available, there is a limitation – it supports Android 2.2 or later, so phones currently on Android 2.1 or earlier seem to be out of luck, don’t they? Not exactly, if the independent developer community has a say in it.
Thanks to the independent Android developers out there at XDA forums, a modified version of Adobe Flash Player for Android has surfaced that supports Android 2.1 and works on Sony Ericsson Xperia X8. It may work on other devices running Android 2.1 as well.
Update: Unfortunately, there has been a confusion. While this version of flash does work on several Android 2.1 devices (that initially lead the original poster of this method on XDA to assume it’ll work for the X8 in the first place), it works only for devices that support Flash Lite on Android 2.1. Many other devices (including several HTC and Samsung ones, and possibly some by other manufacturers too) do support it, the Xperia line doesn’t. Therefore, this method may work for your other Android 2.1 devices but not for the Xperia ones unfortunately. We have another guide for that, which you can check out here: Installing Adobe Flash on Android 2.1 Devices.
First of all, download ‘flash_for_2.1.zip’ from the link given at the end of this article and extract the .apk file that it contains to your computer. Now connect your phone to your computer via USB and copy the .apk file to your SD card’s root folder. Make sure that you don’t copy it to a sub-folder as it will not work that way.
Next, install the ‘Apps Installer’ application, which can be found at the Android Market. Once it has been installed, launch it and follow its instructions to browse to the .apk file that you copied to your storage card, and install it.
Once the installation is finished, reboot your phone, and you’re done. You can now start browsing flash websites on your phone.