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Audio on Android devices...

by JAROAM / July 25, 2013 6:58 AM PDT

Would a HTML5/Flash fallback audio player work on Android devices?

I think that'd be a straight-forward question but no one seems to really know for sure. I for one say, "No!" That's an unfortunate "No!" seeing that I can't understand why the leading mobile OS wouldn't be able to do that.

I'm being told by "those in the know" that: "Due to a limitation in the Android Operating system, HTML5 audio is not supported on the majority of Android Devices. Some manufacturers' custom versions of the Android OS does support the HTML5 Audio tag although this is carrier dependant. Unless the device manufacturer and carriers have enabled it on their builds, it will not work. And Android cannot play direct stream links either."

Building a website that I thought I would use the supposed "state of the art" dual-players but if Android can't utilize it, what's the point. That's a lot of people that can't access the stream from the player. So I'm back to square one.

So, does a HTML5/Flash fallback player work on Android?


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What's Android got to do with this?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 25, 2013 7:02 AM PDT writes:

"Chrome for Android lets you develop HTML5 apps across all devices, desktop, tablet, and mobile."

Seems clear to me. However I read this in just one search and 2 clicks.

As a web developer wouldn't you be doing this research and wouldn't you have android devices to test with?

Something's not right here. Share what's going on.
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by JAROAM / July 25, 2013 8:51 AM PDT

I'm building, someone else is developing. We have tested on several Android phones and tablets. It doesn't work. It may say it does but, it doesn't. Yes, tests, more tests. I don't understand why it wouldn't seeing that this is Google's baby. As I've stated and what I've read, from the first post, what I've witnessed matches the fact that Android does not support HTML5 audio, let alone Flash. I agree, something's amiss but not on our end.

Hey, if I'm/we're wrong, fantastic. I hope we are, but from our results, we're stuck.

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Back to my question.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 26, 2013 1:37 AM PDT
In reply to: Interesting...

What's Android got to do with this?

Android is the OS and not a browser. The web rendering and feature support is in the browser and I can't tell which browser you are using. Chrome should be fine.

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Yes, yes, let's get back to it!
by JAROAM / July 26, 2013 5:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Back to my question.

I'm not the knowledgeable one to put this site together but apparently it's up to me to help solve the problems as my web guy actually only knows so much, and is working cheap!

Okay, let's go with your browser thought. On the Android devices we've tried, we've tried the stock browser, Chrome, Firefox, and even Dolphin. All got notta when you play the dual HTML5/Flash fallback player.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 26, 2013 5:36 AM PDT

I have never used or heard of "the dual HTML5/Flash fallback player."

While I have demonstrated many HTML5 examples, this looks to be time to dive into what your web author is doing. However I can't do that for them. At least you've figured out it's not an OS issue but a browser one.

Did they check "canplaytype" as noted at ?

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by JAROAM / July 27, 2013 2:54 AM PDT
In reply to: Stumper.

I just don't get why things are so different. You'd think that the folks behind the different browsers would be all looking at each other and making sure theirs could do everything the other guys' could do and more. And then hopefully the wheel'd keep spinning and everything would get exponentially better. Right? No!!!

Our latest testing is that the stock browser on a Galaxy S2 plays the audio, but the same stock browser on a S4 doesn't; same carrier. What the hell? And apparently we didn't check the Dolphin browser because it does play the audio whilst all the others don't.

Wow, I seriously don't get it.

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(NT) Yup. That's why we test and test.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2013 3:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Fragmented!
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