Google Integrates Flash Into Chrome

By on March 31, 2010
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The new developer build comes ready with Flash.

Google today announced that it has integrated Adobe Flash support within the new developer build of its popular internet browser, Google Chrome. The new version, 5.0.360.4 for Windows and Mac and 5.0.360.5 for Linux, will come ready with the Flash plugin and can be enabled by adding ‘–enable-internal-flash’ to your Chrome shortcut. Future development will see Flash updates as part of Chrome’s own automatic update system.

This release includes:
- An integrated Adobe Flash Player Plug-in. We’re integrating Adobe Flash Player (10.1 beta 3) with Google Chrome so that you don’t have to install it or worry about keeping it up-to-date. See the blog post on the Chromium blog for more details.

To use the bundled Flash Player plug-in, add –enable-internal-flash to your command line or shortcut for starting Google Chrome.

- A basic plug-in manager. The about:plugins page now lets you disable any plug-in from loading on all web pages. See the Known Issues section: this doesn’t work in all cases yet if you already have Adobe Flash Player for Windows Firefox, Safari, or Opera installed.

Known Issues:
- On Windows, if you have Adobe Flash Player for Windows Firefox, Safari, or Opera installed, the Flash plug-in will still work in some cases even if you decline the license agreement (when using –enable-internal-flash) or disable the Flash plugin from about:plugins. We’re working on it.

- If you disable (or enable) a plugin on about:plugins, your change does not take effect until you restart Google Chrome.

- There is no bundled Adobe Flash Player plug-in for 64-bit Linux.

The cooperation is portrayed as part of the larger collaboration between Adobe, Google and Mozilla to create a new API that would aim to solve many problems experienced with plugins today. The new API standard would determine how Flash and other plugins could behave, and if the development is realized could make plugins as fast, secure and stable as HTML. This would enable Flash to be more tightly integrated into website development.

You can download the latest Google Chrome dev build from here.

Source: Google Chromium Blog.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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