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Google Integrates Flash In Chrome Browser

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Google has finally integrated Flash multimedia player in its Chrome browser on Linux, Mac and Windows computers. Chrome 5.0.376.86 was released over Google’s Stable channel and can now be downloaded by interested users. The integration of Adobe Systems’ Flash technology is definitely a welcome development as users will no longer have to download a separate plugin in order to use Flash on Chrome.

Furthermore, the Google Chrome browser will use automatic updates so that users will not have to perform a separate operation in order to install Flash Player updates thus reducing security risks associated with the use of outdated software programs. The latest Adobe Flash Player, 10.1 uses less CPU resources when in its idle state which means lower power consumption and shuts down content running in the player whenever a computer’s available memory runs low. According to the Chrome blog, the newly integrated Flash has been “enabled by default” and comes with reduced complexity, better reliability and performance as a result of its “combined testing and deeper integration”.

It will be remembered that Apple recently “rejected” Flash on iPhones, iPads and the iPod touch preferring to embrace the vision of the future of Internet video in HTML5.  However, while Google also supports HTML5, it has taken the extra step of including Flash functionality in not only the Chrome browser but also Android powered smartphones.

The latest Chrome upgrade also comes with five bug fixes, including two in relation to video handling.

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Does Flash integration give Chrome any sort of advantage over existing Web browsers?

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  2. George Anderson

    June 28, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Hopefully this will address some of the odd issues that this browser has had with both flash and javascript sites.

  3. Jabber Server

    June 28, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    It is good to know that “When users download Chrome, they will also receive the latest version of Adobe Flash Player.”But how do I make sure that Flash does not end up on my computer?

  4. Domain name registration

    June 29, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Google Chrome is now become more users friendly…

  5. Satellite Internet

    June 30, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    The integration has improved stability but I’m still fond of the feature rich Mozilla Firefox. Chrome does seem to be faster, and more stable, though.

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    July 17, 2010 at 1:28 am

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  7. athlete__sports

    November 3, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    I like using Google Chrome, because of its speed especially. I need the information as quickly as possible in my job, and Google Chrome had satisfied these needs.

  8. Katie

    July 27, 2011 at 2:11 am

    That’s really good news! I can download Chrome 5.0.376.86 that was released over Google’s Stable channel. Thanks.

  9. Darin Cunningham

    August 14, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    It’s an advantage as far as easier flash download, automatic flash updates, and its sandboxing feature. As far as comparing it to other browsers, the advantage largely depend on the type of user. Most users may find this not that big of an advantage really.

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