Google Chrome Will Start Blocking Flash by Default




Google's Chrome browser will stop supporting Adobe's Flash Player on nearly all websites by the end of the year.
Posting to Google groups, staff member Anthony LaForge outlined the company's plan to stop automatically allowing Flash to run on websites.


The plan, which should be implemented by the fourth quarter of 2016, will see HTML5 replace Flash as a "more integrated media experience with faster load times and lower power consumption".

"If a site offers an HTML5 experience, this change will make that the primary experience," LaForge wrote. "We will continue to ship Flash Player with Chrome, and if a site truly requires Flash, a prompt will appear at the top of the page when the user first visits that site, giving them the option of allowing it to run for that site."

However, the top ten website using Flash will not have it disabled, Google said. At present the ten biggest websites, according to Google, are: YouTube, Facebook, Yahoo, VK.com, Live.com, Yandex.ry, OK.ru, Twitch.tv, Amazon, and Mail.ru – although these could change by the end of the year.

The whitelisted websites will have their Flash use protected for one year, but this will also be reviewed during the 12 month period.

A proposal document put online by LaForge outlines how the change will take place:

Flash would still be "bundled" with Chrome but it won't be advertised by default
If HTML5 is offered by a website Chrome will automatically default to this 
If Flash Player is needed a user will be prompted 
When a user accepts the page will be refreshed and Flash will appear on any following visits to the domain
The move is the latest in an ongoing backlash against Adobe Flash. The platform has been used to develop animations, web pages and games since the early 2000s, but has been gradually replaced with more open web standards.

In November, Adobe said it was time for developers to move away from using Flash. "We encourage content creators to build with new web standards and will continue to focus on providing the best tools and services for designers and developers to create amazing content for the web," the company wrote in a blog post.

In July 2015 Mozilla blocked all version of Flash in its Firefox browser. At the time Mozilla said Flash would stay blocked until Adobe released "a version which isn't being actively exploited by a publicly known vulnerabilities". The block was lifted a few days later.





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