If you have ever tried to access online educational tools for your classroom on iPad but couldn’t do so because they demanded extra resources such as heavy graphics and Flash software, the Puffin Academy app offers the exact tools that you need. This app shifts the heavy workload or incompatibilities (such as Flash software support) from your device to a cloud-based environment, letting you browse easily and quickly.
The Puffin mobile app takes care of those incompatibilities that occur when you try to run Flash-based content on incompatible devices or those that don’t meet the graphics and processing requirements. Thus, you can browse websites that demand heavy resources really fast without feeling like pulling out your hair piece by piece because of the massive lag. The app is specific to educational tools and derives from a non-profit, community feedback effort. This means that websites need to be verified by Puffin’s developers before educational institutions can access their content.
The Puffin app is especially useful for teachers and instructors who employ online games and videos as teaching utilities. The app works through the Puffin Browser, the speed of which is incomparable to other major browsers such as Chrome and Bing.
Content providers must strictly apply to Puffin’s regulatory framework to be approved. The browser is specifically optimized for the Flash playing environment.
The Puffin Google Play app requires a minimum of Android 4.1. The App Store version needs at least iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Ease of Use
Once you have installed the app, it is just as simple as browsing your preferred content just like you would on a regular browser. However, I did experience freezing multiple times especially on the Android app, which seems to be very selective about the devices it is compatible with.
The latest version offers higher speeds and is equipped with super-rendering capabilities, making the overall browsing experience even better and letting you access heavier content. A Mobile Device Management (MDM) update for easy configuration has also been released for both versions of the app - for iOS and for Android.
The UI is colorful and intuitive, making use of boisterous animations designed to attract students and young learners. The flash quality is excellent, and there are very few lags on this app. The developers should make the icons larger for better readability. The UI is optimized for iPads more than any other mobile device.
The Puffin Academy app is free. There are no in-app purchases offered.
- Excellent Flash-playing quality;
- Intuitive UI;
- Free of charge;
- The content is filtered and regulated for age appropriateness.
- Too glitchy, largely on Android;
- Optimized mostly for iPad;
- Small icons on the UI.
Puffin Academy is still the leading app when it comes to providing access to Flash-based educational content. Though it suffers from glitches, it works well a good majority of the time, especially on iOS devices. I’d recommend the app anytime.