Chrome Incorporates Flash Player

Release marks stable version debut

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Google’s support of Flash, while never a secret, is now very much a matter of public record.  The latest stable version of Chrome – 5.0.375.86, if you’re keeping track – includes Flash and even has it programmed to start "on."

Google ChromeA very short and straightforward announcement on the Google Chrome Releases blog broke the news: "The integrated flash player has been enabled by default . . ."  Then Anthony LaForge, Google Chrome Program Manager and the post’s author, just moved on to mention five security issues that’ve been addressed.

That’s a far cry from rubbing the decision in Apple’s face.  Still, since Steve Jobs took the time to write a 1,675-word letter denouncing Flash, the move may well widen the split between Google and Apple (especially if Jobs is cranky following all the iPhone 4 complaints).

Anyway, with respect to how the development will affect the average user, the short answer is that it won’t.  Google’s arranged to have Chrome handle all Flash updates, so no one should be forced to deal with an endless stream of notifications.  Or even a single popup, which is nice.

This automated approach is smart from a security-oriented perspective, too, since patches will be applied as soon as they’re available.

Finally, Google is prepared in the event that any problems crop up.  Issues can be reported here: http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/entry

Chrome Incorporates Flash Player
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  • http://mktpro.com/ CarmelScoop

    Google Chrome has been the best browser i’ve used. It’s been years since I found this one. It’s really excellent.

  • Guest

    And it was about time for this to start happening!… Flash has been around for ever… yet, this is the first time I heard of flash being supported natively by a browser. sad.

  • Not Good

    I dumped Chrome. Piece of crap. Not good for watching videos. Crashes all the time. Should have known better. Google is a Jack of all trades, master of none. And now they are going for an OS. LOL! I’ll be damned! WPN with full with articles from Dough and Chris about their OS security holes.

  • http://www.rosetta-usa.com Rosetta Stone

    I have been to use the google adwords ,but it is not stabilize.

  • Bruce


    I don’t know what’s happened but since the release of v5.0.375.86 I can no longer use Chrome as my browser when debugging in Flex 3 because the Flex IDE (Eclipse) fails to connect when the Chrome browser launches the Flex application you are attempting to debug.

    Thankfully Flex 3 still works OK in Firefox. I would be grateful if someone can show me how I can resolve the situation.

    Thanks in anticipation…

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