How to get Amazon Prime Streaming Media and Flash Content to Play on your Nexus 7

How to get Amazon Prime Streaming Media and Flash Content to Play on your Nexus 7


Amazon Prime Streaming “Ronin” on Nexus 7

Flash is dead…or is it? Although Adobe Flash is no longer support on the latest version of Android 4.1 (Jellybean), that does not mean you can’t enjoy the benefits of Flash content and movies. The move from flash-based content to HTML5 has been long underway but the truth is that the internet is still riddled with flash content including the one of the “King’s of Media”, Amazon Prime. Without Flash it is simply impossible to stream Amazon content to your new Nexus 7 tablet. When you go to the Play Store and look up Flash you get a message telling you that it’s not compatible with your device.  Luckily, one of the benefits of Android is that with a simple check box you can side load any application (.apk) that you want.

It only takes a few minutes and a few pieces of software to gain access to all your Amazon Prime content as well as any other flash-based media working on your shiny new Nexus 7. All you’ll need the latest version of flash and a flash supported browser installed. You don’t need to root the device or install anything special. I have yet to face any issues or problems after giving this method a try. Here is a few simple steps to get you playing flash content in a matter of minutes. (This should work with any Jellybean device, not just the Nexus.)

1. Go into Settings then Security and check the box that says “Unknown Sources” as seen below.


How to get Amazon Prime Streaming Media and Flash Content to Play on your Nexus 7


2. Grab this flash .apk  (Adobe Flash Player 11.1-111115012.apk) and install it after it downloads. *Alternatively if you have flash installed on another Android device, just get an app backup program like Astro Viewer and grab it yourself.


How to get Amazon Prime Streaming Media and Flash Content to Play on your Nexus 7


3. Go to the Google Play store and grab your favorite Flash Compatible Web browser. I like xScope Browser. Click here for the Google Play link.


How to get Amazon Prime Streaming Media and Flash Content to Play on your Nexus 7


4. Fire up xScope and login to your Amazon Prime account and stream away. You should have no problem playing any other flash-based web content as well.

For now this is the only solution that I found that works on Jellybean. Be aware, it may or may not be stable but I have yet to run into any issues at all. Give it a shot and let us know how it works out. Not as simple as playing content on a Kindle Fire, but certainly an easy way to remedy the solution.

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8 Comments on "How to get Amazon Prime Streaming Media and Flash Content to Play on your Nexus 7"

  1. I tried it out and it is certainly functional … but definitely a hack. What I mean is that I found the same video (I tried ‘A Fish Called Wanda’) looked better on the Kindle Fire … but not enough so that I would recommend paying an extra $200 to get a Fire!
    The other thing worth noting is that the solution above is basically like watching on a PC, and therefore not really optimized for the small screen. On the Fire the experience is very much optimized for the device and is much less frustrating.
    But again … if you have a Nexus 7 and Prime … great way to watch your videos!

  2. Joe Scardino | July 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm |

    I tried it…if you turn it landscape and press the full screen button on the video it looks perfect,and fills the screen perfect as if optimized for nexus7.

  3. Francis Scardino | July 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm |

    yup. not by any stretch perfect, but still pretty usable when in a pinch for some content. what I find more interesting than flash working with a simple sideload is that Amazon is still using flash for streaming content (through browser at least). I thought the world gave up on flash…

  4. I followed these instructions and everything works. The sound is pretty weak, and the prime video on origami that I had a look at didn’t really fill the screen even after I hit the full screen button, but as everyone says, it is functional, just not a great experience. The flash may be useful for other things.

  5. The full screen button does not work for me. What does it mean to turn it landscape – just to turn it on its side? I finally got the right version of flash installed and the xscope thing, but it is crap to have to watch it filling only about 40 percent of the nexus 7 screen.

  6. My full screen button will not respond on Amazon prime. Any ideas?

  7. Amazon prime works after you install the flash apk file, using the firefox beta browser….works so far for me! Now I’am able to watch anime on my nexus 7.

  8. I got mine to work as well, but the sound is weak. Well guess that’s what earphones are for. So glad I found this.

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