The end is near for Flash on the web, and Google has made an important step to block Adobe’s web plugin from running on the majority of websites. While many companies have already switched to HTML5, because it’s more secure, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari are three browsers that are now able to play HTML5 video and audio and they’re trying to get rid of Flash for good.
On the other hand Chrome 55 defaults to HTML5 video, and a week ago, Google has announced its promotion to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux. Meanwhile, the browser has updated for Android and it focuses on four important changes.
If you own an Android device and install the latest Chrome update, you will be able to “Easily download music, videos, and even full webpages for viewing offline,” as Google has noted in its blog.
The save icon to initiate the background download will be seen at the top of the overflow menu, next to the audio or video players and all saved content and media will be organized in the new “Downloads” screen. This section shows the amount of space taken up by the downloads with sub-division, based on file types (pages, video, audio, images, and documents). It will be easily to share or delete multiple saved items by long tapping on them.
Chrome 55 will use up to 35 percent less memory on these devices, so their performance will not be affected.
The latest update of Chrome 55 for Android will roll out in the next days and its version is the same one that’s already available on Mac, Windows, and Linux.