by Mike Wilson
Posted on 2016-05-16 21:22:47
Google plans to hammer another nail into Adobe Flash Player’s coffin, according to a recent publicly available proposal. The multimedia platform, which has faced a swathe of criticisms over it’s 20+ year lifespan, will presently face stifled support in Google’s popular Chrome browser.
According to the proposal, Google will continue to bundle Flash with Chrome, however when users visit webpages containing Flash content, they will now be prompted to allow the content before it is loaded, shifting closer to an “opt-in” type of model.
If the user chooses to load Flash content on a webpage, Chrome will remember the user’s settings for the domain, meaning Flash must only be allowed once on a webpage to continue serving content in the future. In addition, Chrome will initially default to allow Flash content on the top 10 sites (based on aggregate usage) for one year.
When these changes go into effect, users will still have the ability to set their own preferences, including an option to always run Flash content.
The shift comes alongside Google’s continued efforts to phase out Adobe Flash content in favor of HTML5. In the Fall, Chrome began blocking Flash based ads by default and Google plans to fully ban them by the start of next year.
The updates will likely impact Flash significantly, as Chrome reportedly holds a staggering 70% of web browser usage as of April 2016.