Google’s long-planned strategy to kill Flash usage seems to near its endgame soon. Latest reports reveal that Chrome will block Flash content most probably starting next month. Chrome 53, which is on track for a September release, will be the primary web browser from Google to block Flash content by default.
Google has decided to roll out this improvement to make a quicker and more responsive browser that saves you significant battery life all the while. The Chrome group said in blog post that most Flash content on the web nowadays is loaded in the background to support things like page analytics. This is precisely the kind of content that hinders the web browsing experience. Hence, it is the main concern of Google’s Flash-blocking endeavors in Chrome 53.
Further improvements will be introduced in December, as Chrome 55 will make HTML5 the default over Flash for all sites supporting both technologies.
If a webpage is Flash-only type, Chrome will prompt you to enable Flash for that site when you first visit it.
These changes are all a player in Google’s push to “de-emphasise” Flash for HTML5 over the web. These endeavors started a year ago when Chrome 42 made some Flash content click-to-play. Once Google Chrome will begin its block Flash content campaign in background-loading as well, it will help you save more battery life, according to Google.
Blocking Flash out and out in Chrome 53 is a more aggressive initiative, yet it will prompt a better web experience for all users.
You heard Firefox and Safari already giving up on Flash content recently. Now with Chrome, the world’s most widely-used browser phasing out Flash this fall, it is sure that the multimedia technology will be well and genuinely dead heading into 2017.
Most of the other browsers have announced some kind of Flash-blocking system, including Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge.
One thing is final, as soon as Chrome 55 rolls out in December, Flash will end, and Chrome will be using Flash only if extremely necessary, which will be automatically a big plus for battery life, browser responsiveness, and all-in-all stability.
Seeing Chrome’s changes to how it deals with Flash, it seems more like what Apple has in plans for Safari. Just when macOS Sierra releases this fall, Safari 10 will also accept HTML 5 by default. Sites will be notified that the browser doesn’t have Flash installed. On sites offering only Flash video, Safari will let users activate it via a click-to-play scheme.
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