Ever since it adopted a strategy towards rapid releases, Mozilla has been cranking out new versions of Firefox for Android nearly as fast as we can keep up with them. Despite the arrival of all these updates, we’ve noticed that the feature sets being introduced have seemed a little lackluster, but that’s likely a consequence of not waiting around to deliver more infrequent, larger updates containing more content. One feature in particular that we know a lot of you have been waiting for is already starting to arrive, as we’ve learned that a working version of the browser has been compiled that includes support for Adobe Flash.
As far as Adobe’s concerned, Flash may no longer have a place on mobile devices, but that’s not about to stop the Mozilla team from implementing support. The latest nightly builds of Firefox for Android include this new Flash support, as well as feature a new native Java-based user interface instead of the previous XUL implementation.
Mozilla seems resistant to introducing Flash, and while it might prefer to turn its attention to adding other new features to Firefox, the response it’s received from its user base has made it clear that Flash is a priority for them. That’s a refreshing direction to see a mobile developer take, especially when we’re so used to having changes forced upon us by a company’s vision for its app, rather than letting user preferences dictate the path it takes.
Keep in mind that this is a work-in-progress, but if you’re interested in giving Flash support a whirl, the latest nightlies are always available for download.