Google Chrome is Officially Blocking Flash Next Month

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Google Chrome has just hammered another nail into the coffin of Adobe’s Flash, as the browser plans to block off the plugin starting in September.

The Chrome team announced the news on their blog, stating that they will “de-emphasize Flash” and move forward with HTML5 technology to improve browser security, page load times and even power consumption for mobile users.

“Today, more than 90% of Flash on the web loads behind the scenes to support things like page analytics. This kind of Flash slows you down, and starting this September, Chrome 53 will begin to block it. HTML5 is much lighter and faster, and publishers are switching over to speed up page loading and save you more battery life. You’ll see an improvement in responsiveness and efficiency for many sites,” the team’s blog post outlined.

Back in September 2015, Google Chrome implemented a “click-to-play” mechanism for Flash content. User feedback has been positive, with reports of faster page load times and better mobile power efficiency.

In December, Google Chrome plans to make HTML5 the default experience, except for sites that only support Flash. Users will be prompted to manually enable the Flash plugin when visiting these sites.

See Also:
Mozilla Firefox to Block Flash Content Starting Next Month

Source: Chrome Blog

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