Google Search Results Now Notifying iPhone Users When Websites Use Flash

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google recently implemented a feature that warns iPhone users when search results include websites that use Adobe Flash, as Flash is not supported by the iPhone.

    When searching for a site, pages that primarily use Flash are clearly marked by Google with a warning that the site may not work on a particular device.

    Google goes on to recommend that websites use the universally supported HTML5 and provides both Web Fundamentals and a Web Starter Kit for website developers.

    Apple received a good bit of criticism when the iPhone was first released for not supporting Flash as it was used often back then, but interest in Flash has since been dying out in favor of mobile-friendly solutions.

    Article Link: Google Search Results Now Notifying iPhone Users When Websites Use Flash
  2. macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2006
    Simi Valley, CA
    I would expect that this would apply to GOOGLE phones too considering they don't natively support flash either.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2011
    Just iPhone Users?

    Hey Juli, Some Android devices don't support Flash either. It's not just iPhone users.
  4. macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    If YouTube just completely dropped Flash, I'm sure Flash would go away faster..
  5. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Useful idea, but I hope it doesn't flag the (many!) sites with non-vital Flash. False positives would by crying wolf. I myself make sites with Flash-based product demos--demand is there from my clients, and they do load super fast while being cheap to build and edit. Mobile users are fine--I serve them a video instead, or sometimes an interactive JavaScript demo. So flagging those demos as "Flash sites" would be a failure of the algorithm.

    (And I assume Google is notifying ALL phone and tablet users, not just iPhone, since Adobe gave up trying to make Flash work well on mobile?)
  6. Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    Also applies to Android devices that don't support Flash.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Nov 29, 2009
    That won't happen until IE shrinks more in marketshare and google figures out how to show ads with its html5 player.

    It will eventually happen, but not for awhile.

    Apple has no doubt assured the end of flash, which frees up more resources for adobe to work on other software.


    I thought Adobe dropped support for their mobile flash in 2011?
  8. macrumors 68000


    Apr 12, 2010
    yea, I though all android devices don't support flash
  9. macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    I can see this "feature" as being ripe for some passive aggressive abuse by Google, not to mention the potential for false positives.
  10. macrumors 601


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    flash still works on kit kat, but not out of the box
  11. macrumors 68020

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    YouTube delivers MPEG-4 video to supporting browsers/devices. It's not users choosing Flash at YouTube, it's YouTube having a business built up around ad placements. But I see your point... as long as something as huge as YouTube gives the thumbs-up to a particular technology, the world will thinks they need it, too. (Think "Microsoft Office").


    This is Google trying to differentiate themselves from competing engines even more, by appearing "mobile-friendly".
  12. macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2007
    And Hulu.
    And Vimeo.
  13. macrumors 68030

    Nov 13, 2011

    Nope doesn't bother me at all I just move on. I'd say it should bother the owners of the website more that I can't be arsed to work around to view their stuff. Their loss as theres plenty of other people out there to visit.
  14. macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    And now, with Google's new "feature," these websites will lose access to the analytics that might convince them to abandon incompatible technologies since people with incompatible devices won't be accessing their page as often. Thanks, Google!

    Maybe Google will be able to sell them the info that they are losing. :eek:
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 2, 2013
    Oh I’m sure Google will figure out how to turn this innocuous little feature into money. It’s like a superpower with them.
  16. macrumors 68030

    Nov 10, 2007
    This is not a feature to me. Just a complication. Google is just begging me to use Bing.
  17. macrumors 603


    Nov 5, 2009
    Ms. Clover, your title is not proper for the message google is convening…

    Android and iOS devices of today cannot do flash natively.

    Proper title should be: Google Search Results Now Notifying Mobile Users When Websites Use Flash :eek: ;)


    lol, but then again you own a phone and a tablet ;)
  18. macrumors 601


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    kit kat can do flash natively with dolphin browser (firefox too i think?) and a tweaked flash .apk :)
    guess it depends on your definition of natively (it is indeed locally processed) and works quite well
  19. macrumors Core

    Oct 17, 2011
    Natively seems to be more in the sense of Flash being officially supported by Android on its own without anything else needed to be installed or at least with an official installation from Google and/or Adobe. None of which really applies these days.
  20. macrumors 601


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    I suppose, though I would use the term stock, or out of the box :p
    seriously it functions great
  21. macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2006
    And Facebook.
  22. macrumors 603

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    And a lot of other sites...

    Modern versions of IE (9 or above) play HTML5 video on YouTube just fine, thank you very much.
  23. macrumors 68020

    Cuban Missles

    Dec 6, 2012
    My heart is in Camagüey, the rest in the USA
    i took flash (and all things Adobe) off my Mac. And of course never had it on my iOS devices. If the website can figure out that they are missing business by using Flash, their days are numbered. Youtube i no longer visit because I would have to use the developer tab to set my browser to Ipad mode to get it to work. Seriously, dont mke the end user work for it -- they wont.
  24. macrumors 68000


    Oct 1, 2004
    Mountains of Vermont
  25. macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2007
    Developer tab?

    By default, Youtube tries to send Safari HTML 5 first.

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