Updating Flash player on Android 2.3

I have an HTC Desire Z running Android 2.3. Among a lot of other apps, this device features an Adobe Flash player plugin for the mobile browser. Adobe no longer supports Android for new devices, but the older ones like mine should continue working and get (security) patches. Now, the Google Market app has been telling me there was an update for the Flash player available for some time now, but every time the install would fail with errors like “download refused”. Only to offer them again, 10 minutes later. Which would not work, again.

Offering me updates, urging me to install them, and then refusing to let me download them, quickly annoyed the **** out of me.

So I was happy to stumble upon this blog post from Computerworld today. The steps involve some manual work you should normally not have to do on your Android device (thank you, Adobe) but I have not gotten the update notification since (and flash websites are still working).