Google Chrome 53 Browser to Block Flash Content By Default

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google announced yesterday that it will "de-emphasize" Adobe Flash in its Chrome browser in favor of HTML5 from next month.

    As of Chrome 53, whenever the web browser comes across a site that loads Flash "behind the scenes" it will block the offending content and switch to the faster HTML5 web standard whenever it is available.

    Google notified users of the change to its browser's behavior ahead of time in a blog post:
    In December, Chrome 55 will make HTML5 the default experience, except for sites which only support Flash, in which case users will be prompted to enable it on initial visit.

    The move is another nail in the coffin for Adobe's web standard, which used to serve the majority of online media content before former Apple CEO Steve Jobs decided not to support it on the iPhone.

    In Safari 10, set to ship with macOS Sierra, Apple plans to disable Flash by default, along with Java, Silverlight, and QuickTime, in an effort to focus on HTML5 content and improve the overall web browsing experience.

    The plug-in has long been problematic for Apple, requiring frequent security fixes and forced updates to patch a stream of vulnerabilities.

    Chrome can be downloaded from Google's Chrome website or installed using the Chrome browser's built-in update functionality.

    Article Link: Google Chrome 53 Browser to Block Flash Content By Default
  2. SilianRail macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2011
    Thoughts on Flash was 6 years ago and Flash was long overdue to be killed by then!
  3. Nozuka macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2012
  4. smacrumon macrumors 68030


    Jan 15, 2016
    Adobe had many years to get the software right. RIP flash.
  5. elvisimprsntr macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2013
    Late to the party again Google. Latest version of Safari already does this.

    MR, you might want to take notice.
  6. b0nd18t macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2012
    Remember when androids big feature was supporting flash? Is this Google admitting it was wrong 9 years later?
  7. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Remember when the vast majority of sites were flash? Times have changed. Did you expect Google not to do so?
  8. Loco Emperor macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2016
    Still doesn't make any of googles crapps appealing to me. But a bit late aren't they lol
  9. RichTF macrumors regular


    Nov 11, 2007
    London, UK
    I remember how massively unpopular it was when Apple refused to support Flash on the iPhone, especially because Flash was still in wide use at that point, and the alternative (HTML5) wasn't yet capable of doing all the things that Flash did, or didn't do them so well. Lots of people (on this very website) declared that they would switch to Android if Apple didn't reverse course and support Flash. But of course, if Apple hadn't taken their unpopular and arguably "premature" stance on ditching Flash, then we'd still be stuck with it today.

    On a completely unrelated note, I'm looking forward to getting the new iPhone. Y'know, that one without a headphone jack. ;)
  10. 8692574 Suspended


    Mar 18, 2006
    You do realize that Apple or not times passes, and things changes? (People were right back then when flash was popular and citing them now it is out of context since flash is not relevant anymore, but not thanks to Apple...) it was Adobe by not releasing a better version of his c**pware that made flash die!

    All i can say though is "At last!!!"
  11. flowsy, Aug 10, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2016

    flowsy macrumors 6502


    Aug 16, 2009
  12. rdlink macrumors 68040


    Nov 10, 2007
    Out of the Reach of the FBI
    Yes, times have changed. But in spite of Google, not because of it.

    Jobs (and Apple) had the huevos to stand up and say, "These little machines are not equipped to handle the bloated, security exploit plagued hot mess that is Flash, and we're not going to waste our resources trying to fit a square peg into a round hole."

    Google said, "Build bigger processors and shove in more RAM."

    Who ended up being right?
  13. RedOrchestra Suspended

    Aug 13, 2012
    When Adobe purchased Macromedia EVERYTHING that Macromedia had in it's stable was left to die - Adobe killed an absolutely great company in Macromedia ... all Adobe did was kill off the competition. Adobe Illustrator will NEVER equal what Freehand was.
  14. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Sorry man, I'm not really into the Google v Apple thing. I was simply responding by reminding the poster that during that time, the majority of sites ran Flash. Google was serving the majority of consumers with Chrome. As HTML5 became more pervasive, Flash moved to background. It's a simple technological progression. Flash isn't gone btw. It's still user accessible on Safari and Chrome. It's not completely gone... yet.

    As for who ended up being right... what does it actually matter if both companies ended up at the exact same point?
  15. dmylrea macrumors 68030


    Sep 27, 2005
    Who cares in the long run? If you don't use Chrome, then this doesn't affect you. Bye bye.

    I use Chrome across all platforms (gives me the best experience with Chrome Sync) and rarely, if ever, use Safari. Like most average people, I don't give a crap about Flash. If the site loads, i'm happy. If it doesn't, I'm not and I try a different browser.

    I might add whether dropping Flash has made the internet a safer place after all these years? With Ransomware, never-ending data breaches, viruses, and other annoying malware, I don't really hear people saying "Thank God Flash is gone...I feel much safer!".
  16. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    This thing just doesn't want to die. As I am all Apple, it really was only an issue for my iMac and Mac Air. I de-installed Adobe a long time ago. And it still surprises me how many websites are Flash only. I visit, nothing works and asks me to install the plug in, I move on.
    --- Post Merged, Aug 10, 2016 ---

    I do think it matters. Both are correct that Apple and Google ended up at the same point, but would we have take this journey if it were not for Steve Job being a stubborn grudge holder? I agree that it's not about one company versus another, but I do think that the eventual death of Flash (can't come soon enough) is directly attributable to Steve's decision. It was a crazy call at the time and Google to advantage of it in their marketing. But it all worked out for humanity :)
  17. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    And people were bashing Steve and the iPad 6 years ago. Tempus fugit.
  18. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    I don't care for the new tweaked sharper UI they introduced inversion 52
  19. thisisnotmyname macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
    Next, don't allow HTML5 video/audio to autoplay in ANY way without explicit authorization from the user.
  20. iBluetooth macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2016
    You are actually wrong because Steve Jobs said they had to prioritize work and thus, Flash was not being supported and that he didn't expect it in the future as it drained battery and resources. This he was heavily criticized for, but those complaints are still true: it's still battery and resource draining.
  21. yesjam macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2014
    I wouldn't have blamed someone for taking an anti-iPhone position in 2007 or 2008 with respect to its lack of Flash support. It was a different technological landscape at the time; if you needed to use Flash (which was a perfectly legitimate need at the time,) you had to use Android or Blackberry. By the same token, however, it would be ludicrous in 2016 for someone to cite lack of Flash support as being a primary reason for not getting an iPhone. The landscape has changed.

    Perhaps eliminating the headphone jack will prove in the long-term to be another ahead-of-its-time progressive move by Apple, but, much like Flash in 2007/2008, I would not blame someone in 2016 for moving away from the iPhone because for one reason or another they need the headphone jack, especially since Apple may not propose an elegant solution for charging+listening at the same time, and particularly because Apple's proposed solution - lightning headphones - will never be the universal standard for wired listening (the only way to truly receive a lossless signal) that HTML5 is for web content. If in 2025 headphone jacks are all-but-obsolete and if there is a truly high fidelity mainstream bluetooth option available, it would be a different story altogether.
  22. MacBH928 macrumors 68030


    May 17, 2008
    Who still uses Flash?
    its a relic from the mid-90s when the whole world was different. Adapt or die.
  23. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    Apple and Google should begin making a shame-list of popular websites that still use Flash. Near the top of the list would be Hulu.
  24. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    To be fair, 6 years ago there were a lot of websites that you couldn't visit without Flash.

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