Google To Start Blocking Flash With Next Chrome Version This September: Faster Load Times And More Coming


Google's plans of blocking Flash on Chrome are about to kick off in version 53, ending things with version 55 by placing HTML5 as the default by then.

When September arrives, the browser will receive the update and "de-emphasize Flash in favor of HTML5," and on that day moving forward, the Mountain View-based company says that it should load up pages faster, minimize battery consumption and even keep users more secured on the internet.

This goes without saying, but the reason why things will start improving is because HTML5 is significantly lighter in terms of using resources than Flash. Google even points out that more than 90 percent of Flash online load in the background to support various features such as analytics and slow down the whole browsing experience.

As mentioned earlier, the changes will get off the ground in September with Chrome 53, and aligning with reports that said Chrome will block Flash by the end of 2016, the major update will take place in December.

"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," Anthony LaForge, curator of Flash in Chrome, says.

It should also be cleared up that other than the improvements across the board, Chrome users probably won't notice any changes with how they browse online when version 53 rolls out.

Also, interestingly enough, Google already got rid of Flash ads last year and rendered some of them as click-to-play content a few months after with Chrome 42.

Various websites and companies have been shunning Flash recently, describing it as a power-hungry plug-in that's also a security risk. As expected, a lot of them turned to HTML5 because it's basically better from any perspective.

Long story short, Chrome users should see faster loading times, a more efficient battery usage and better security in general during their time online, especially on websites riddled with Flash. It's also safe to expect far fewer crashes in the foreseeable future — that is, if all pans out.

What do you think of Google's latest move with Chrome? Hit us up in the comments section below and let us know what's on your mind.

Personally, it's great to see that a lot of websites are starting to adapt HTML5 and that Google is doing away with the heavy plug-in.

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