Google Chrome will begin blocking Flash in favor of HTML5

Yolanda Curtis
August 10, 2016

Google has announced that they will begin moving heavily towards the use of HTML5 in Chrome next month, stating that Chrome will eventually end up with HTML5 as the default experience once the browser hits version 55 this December.

Chrome 55, which the web giant plans to release in December, will replace Flash with HTML5, Google said on Monday.

Google plans to begin pushing Adobe Flash Player closer to its inexorable grave at the end of the year with a new version of its Chrome web browser.

Starting with Chrome 53 - now in beta - in September, background Flash elements, like page analytics, will be blocked.

While Google's long-held hard stance on the use of Flash has transitioned much of its usage to the leaner, faster HTML5, the problem now is that 90% of all remaining Flash uses are these collection of small Flash instances, which you can't see and can dramatically reduce webpage performance and device battery life.

Google notes that many sites already implement HTML5 on their web pages which offers up faster page load times in addition to a handful of other benefits like improvements to security, as well as the browser having to consume less power when the user is browsing the web. When visiting those sites, you'll be prompted to enable Flash at your first visit.

The original proposal discussed a whitelist of the top 10 sites on the web that still requires Flash.

Apple did not want developers writing Flash apps instead of iPhone apps.

Newer video formats are superior and widely available.

For years, Google has signaled that it agrees that Flash is an antiquated format that must die, and now it looks like it's finishing the job.

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