Use Flash On Your Mobile Browser with Puffin

Published on April 15, 2014

The schism between Flash-based web content and mobile devices has lessened now, with Puffin's web browser app. Granted, having Flash may not be as necessary as it was in the past, but you may find yourself needing it time and again. Puffin is definitely your best choice, as it runs Flash and has a relatively speedy browser experience, according to LifeHacker.

How does Puffin make Flash possible?

Puffin does most of its heavy lifting in the cloud.  This enables it to render Flash quickly, and everything else for that matter, according to Phone Arena.

A virtual trackpad and gamepad appear on the screen so you can control Flash games.  Here you can also use add-ons to share to Facebook, send something to Pocket, or elsewhere.

Any downsides to the app?

Puffin is a battery hog, as you may expect.  However, if you need to use Puffin for Flash every now and again, it could prove useful.

We recommend using another browser as your primary - Chrome or Opera, for example - and keep Puffin around for the odd Flash-based site that you need to access on the go. 

Note that the free version of the Puffin web browser lets you use Puffin only between the hours of 8am and 4pm.  You can also purchase a $0.99 subscription for 6 months unlimited access within the free app.  The paid version is $3.99 for unlimited access.

Puffin Has an Educational Variant Too

Puffin has recently branched out into another free app, "Puffin Academy", that supplies K-12 educational websites.  It is a community feedback project, and websites must be approved in order to be featured on Puffin Academy.

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