Google methodically finishes off an outdated and dangerous technology
Google continues to push Flash technology (more specifically, Flash Player) to its grave. Now the company has announced about the next steps along the way.
As of September 2016, Chrome will start blocking absolutely any Flash content, including content that is 5×5 or smaller or of undefined size, for which there are now blocking exceptions. Google estimates that more than 90% of all Flash content on the Internet is loaded in the background in this way, often unnoticed by users. Block it will start Chrome 53 browser (currently in beta).
HTML5 is much faster and more productive than Flash. Google promises that Chrome users will immediately notice faster loading times on many sites and longer battery life on laptops and other mobile devices.
This action by Google can be compared to what it did last September, when some Flash content on web pages stopped loading automatically, but only by explicitly clicking a button by the user (method click-to-play ), as of version 42 of Chrome.
"This action had an immediate positive effect on our users by speeding up page loads and saving battery life, " writes Anthony LaForge, a Flash curator at Google.
In September, with the release of Chrome 53 this positive effect will multiply, because much more flash content is loaded in the background, not as banners or video players.
If you need Flash, you can change the plugin’s parameters through the settings
chrome://plugins/ , as usual.
That’s not all. Starting in December 2016, the Chrome 55 browser will accept HTML5 content format by default for all sites that support HTML5. For other sites that only have Flash, the user will need to confirm their consent to download it once the first time they visit the site.
"Flash helped bring rich, dynamic content to the Web and defined the face of today’s set of Web standards, " says Google in a closing statement that could be taken as an obituary. – We’re continuing to work closely with Adobe to make the web experience as fast and secure as possible, and to help the web embrace HTML5.
Google’s actions should encourage web developers to make more use of HTML5 and move away from Flash.
I might add that the total blocking of Flash in the Chrome browser will affect some sites that use Flash for web analytics or some service purposes. Although Google is struggling with Flash, even its own site Google Music doesn’t work without flash in the Chrome browser (it seems to work without flash in the Firefoxbrowser). So there’s still a lot of work to be done to improve the web interfaces on many sites.
Blocking Flash is also important from an information security point of view because Flash Player vulnerabilities are very often used to download malicious content through Chrome and other browsers. What is there to talk about, if there are registered for Adobe Flash Player 892 vulnerabilities , and are constantly finding new ones!
Definitely a better world without this plugin.
In addition to Chrome, actions to partially block Flash are taken by Firefox and Edge