Adobe Flash Player has been an important part of web browsing for a long time, but it is also responsible for performance issues and unstable browser experience, most of the time leading to unresponsive web pages.
With the promise of making browsing faster, Google will replace Flash in Chrome and roll users to HTML5. The transition already began, but not all users will be affected immediately:
“To ensure a smooth transition, not all users and sites will be affected immediately. HTML5 by Default and the associated user prompts will be introduced gradually. HTML5 by Default will first be enabled for 1% of Chrome 55 Stable users. This will happen in the “next few days”, and the feature has already been enabled for those on the Chrome 56 Beta version.”
This is similar to some changes Google made last September, when some Flash content with Chrome 42 became click-to-play. This had an immediate impact for users improving page load times and saving battery power.
“In December, Chrome 55 will make HTML5 the default experience, except for sites which only support Flash. For those, you’ll be prompted to enable Flash when you first visit the site. Aside from that, the only change you’ll notice is a safer and more power-efficient browsing experience.”
But Google is not the first in this race, Facebook already started running all videos in HTML5 by default.
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