Chrome browser to get integrated Flash


— 5:14 PM on March 30, 2010

While Apple is attempting to paint Adobe Flash as an obsolete technology, Google is taking a somewhat different approach. According to a post on the official Chromium blog, Google has whipped up the first development build of its Chrome web browser with Adobe Flash built right in.

Integrating Flash presents several advantages. The browser comes ready to go, so users don't have to install anything else to watch YouTube videos of someone's cat. Flash updates also come as part of Chrome's automatic updates system, so there's no need to worry about having the latest, most secure version. Finally, Google can better sandbox Flash pages to prevent security issues.

This integration is part of a much broader move, though. Google explains in the blog post:

The traditional browser plug-in model has enabled tremendous innovation on the web, but it also presents challenges for both plug-ins and browsers. The browser plug-in interface is loosely specified, limited in capability and varies across browsers and operating systems. This can lead to incompatibilities, reduction in performance and some security headaches.

That's why we are working with Adobe, Mozilla and the broader community to help define the next generation browser plug-in API. This new API aims to address the shortcomings of the current browser plug-in model. There is much to do and we're eager to get started.

Eventually, Google says it expects this next-gen plug-in programming interface will "make it possible for plug-ins to be just as fast, stable, and secure as the browser's HTML and JavaScript engines."

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