Google confirms Chrome browser gets Flash built in
Google has confirmed that it will be bundling Flash as standard in future versions of its Chrome browser in a move that is surely designed to aggravate its current relationship with Apple.
"Adobe Flash Player is the most widely used web browser plug-in. It enables a wide range of applications and content on the Internet, from games, to video, to enterprise apps," states Google playing on the fact that the iPhone and iPad don't support Flash.
That need to include the "most widely used" plug-in means that Google will now include Flash support directly into the browser to save people having to worry about downloading and installing the plug-in in the future.
"We’re making available an initial integration of Flash Player with Chrome in the developer channel. We plan to bring this functionality to all Chrome users as quickly as we can," say Google.
Users will automatically receive updates related to Flash Player using Google Chrome’s auto-update mechanism. This eliminates the need to manually download separate updates and reduces the security risk of using outdated versions.
However some users of the browser are concerned that the move will force Flash on to their computers something that they aren't happy about. Google hasn't said at the moment whether or not you will be able to "opt-out" of the new offering.
Many believe apple has refused to support flash on its mobile products as to not harm app sales that could be affected if developers simply created flash games and products on the web instead.