Google Chrome is finally axing Flash


Google Chrome is set to finally kill off much the much maligned software Adobe Flash.

From next month, Flash will no longer work with Google’s popular web browser.

Google announced that Chrome 53, which is due to be released in September, will automatically block Flash, which help web pages to load more quickly, save on battery power and reduce the amount of times your web browser crashes.

The move comes as many sites are moving away from using Flash in favour of HTML5, which offers better security, stability and power performance.

Google will make HTML5 default in Chrome from December with the release of version 55 of its web browser. Users will then need to enable Flash in order to access websites that still use the software, otherwise they will not be able to view the content.

“HTML5 is much lighter and faster, and publishers are switching over to speed up page loading and save you more battery life. You’ll see an improvement in responsiveness and efficiency for many sites”, Google said in blog post.

The move to drop Flash from Chrome is the latest of a number of improvements Google has made in its web browser.

The release of Chrome 52 last month saw Google add an array of speed, security and performance improvements.

However, perhaps the most beneficial feature for users was the removal of the backspace key as a navigation shortcut meaning that users can no longer accidentally lose data when filling out forms or using Google Docs.

Previously when using Google Chrome, if you tapped the backspace key it would return you to the previous webpage.

Google also recently made some improvements to Chrome on mobile promising faster video playback, loading speeds, power performance and data usage.


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