Sometimes you open up a website and it’ll just sit there, doing something, making you wait for something to happen and that’s often down to Flash. Google wants to help put an end to browser waiting with Chrome.

In the latest build of Chrome elements of Flash are going to be blocks, well more “intelligently paused”.  Let’s leave it to Google to explain what’s happening.

When you’re on a webpage that runs Flash, we’ll intelligently pause content (like Flash animations) that aren’t central to the webpage, while keeping central content (like a video) playing without interruption. If we accidentally pause something you were interested in, you can just click it to resume playback. This update significantly reduces power consumption, allowing you to surf the web longer before having to hunt for a power outlet.

Source : Google Chrome Blog

To check that your plugins are setup to allow Flash blocking, sorry pausing.

  • Open Chrome
  • Click on the icon to open up settings1433513486 thumb New Chrome Beta Blocks Flash Content By Default.  Laptop Batteries Everywhere Rejoice
  • Scroll to the bottom of settings and click “Show Advanced Settings”
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  • Click content settings.
  • Scroll down to the plugins section
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  • and that’s it.

So what’s next for the future of Adobe Flash?  YouTube have already starting the process of moving to HTML 5 for video’s, Android supporting Adobe Flash has since been a thing of the past now for the longest time and Safari requires the dreaded plugin.  Will Chrome ever not include Flash support in a build and is this the first step in that direction?

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