April 1, 2010

Google goes Flash with Chrome

by Darren Allan

Google has announced that it will be bringing Adobe’s Flash technology to its web browser Chrome.

This new direction will displease the supporters of HTML5, which facilitates video playback without the need for a Flash plug-in.

It’s perhaps not all that surprising a move, however, when you consider that Google’s YouTube video giant has more Flash than Gordon did.

Plus the upside for Google is the company is having a pop at Apple, too, which refused to incorporate Flash on its about-to-launch wonder gadget, the iPad.

Google’s collaboration with Adobe will mean that the latest version of Flash will come incorporated into Chrome, so users won’t have to worry about installing it separately.

Chrome’s auto-update will also take care of grabbing new versions of Flash, to keep any security risks from potential unpatched vulnerabilities to a minimum.

An initial integration of Flash has been made available with Chrome in the developer channel, with the feature coming to the end user as quickly as Google can get it all sorted.

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