It wasn't long ago that companies like Google and YouTube couldn't say enough great things about Adobe Flash. Some credit the software with revolutionizing the internet.
That's because Adobe Flash made it possible for people to watch videos online. Unfortunately, the software is loaded with security holes that could let hackers remotely take control of your gadget. Which is one reason why Google is moving away from its use.
Starting in September, with Chrome 53, the browser began blocking behind-the-scenes Flash processes used for cookies, page analytics, and tracking, in favor of the more efficient HTML5 technology.
Google says that these tiny, almost invisible Flash widgets slow down the browsing experience and they cause system instability and poor battery life. Blocking these background Flash processes will reportedly improve browser responsiveness, stability, and speed, and will save battery life.
Chrome 55 was just released and now HTML5 will be the default browsing experience, completely relegating Flash as a secondary option. If a website only has Flash video content, users will have to click to allow it to play.
Another change in Chrome 55 is great for Android users. It will have a downloads feature for offline viewing of images, videos and webpages.
The desktop version of Chrome 55 is out now. The mobile version will be released in the near future.