Mozilla announced less than a month ago that it was discontinuing support for Adobe’s Flash in favour of HTML5 and now Google is doing the same as well. In a blog post on Tuesday, Google said “today, more than 90% of Flash on the web loads behind the scenes to support things like page analytics. This kind of Flash slows you down, and starting this September, Chrome 53 will begin to block it. 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.”
HTML5 will be the default choice by December which coincides with the release time for Chrome 55 but before then, we expect a Chrome 53 release in September which will see mark the beginning of Flash blocking. Chrome 50 was released back in April and since then Google has not hidden its plans to discontinue Flash in future releases of its web browser.
But there are still sites that use Flash and so Google will still allow you access those sites by promoting you to turn it on for that page and will save it for future visits. This is all in a bid according to major tech firms to make the web load faster. Both Apple’s Safari and Microsoft’s Edge have ditched Adobe’s Flash for HTML5.