Google Chrome will block Flash

Today HTML 5 is far better than Flash in websites. Flash was an integral part of internet in the past years, but it had performance and security issues. Today HTML 5 is the better way to add interactive content in the web and it works well in mobile devices as well. Considering all this facts, Google Chrome will block Flash content from next month.

It will be a part of the Chrome 53 update, which will arrive in early September. This update will block all the small, non-visible Flash elements on web pages. Most of these are tacking platforms and page analytics, but they can slow down page loads just like larger Flash content. This is not Google’s first attempt to de-emphasize Flash on the web. Last year in Chrome 52, Google made most Flash content “click-to-play.”

In Chrome 52, this applied to Flash files larger than a certain size, but now this is being extended to smaller Flash objects as well. According to Google, Chrome users will see the benefits from this move. Removing Flash contents will make most websites faster. Flash objects in a laptop will use more power and reduces battery life. This inefficiency of Flash is the main reason why it didn’t take off on mobile devices.

Flash will be blocked in general, but the might be exceptions for some popular websites which still heavily reply on Flash. This include Facebook, Twitch, and Yahoo, among others. There will be a prompt to enable Flash while using these sites. This exception won’t be permanent, soon Google will disable the exception as well.

It is expected that with the Chrome 55 update, which is scheduled to roll out in December, HTML5 will become the default experience. Which means Google Chrome will block Flash in all websites without any exception. Google is not the only one to block Flash contents internet. Firefox 48 was announced last week with some Flash content being click-to-play and all Flash being blocked by default in 2017. Even Microsoft is cutting Flash off at the knees. In the Windows 10 anniversary update, Edge uses click-to-play for non-essential Flash elements. Another year or two and we’ll be all done with this.


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