First Apple’s iPhones, iPads and Macs turned their backs on it. Then, Google’s Android operating system removed compatibility inside its browsers. The once ubiquitous Adobe Flash player was replaced by a mobile-friendly HTML 5 standard for website development.
But it may be Google’s decision to change the way how websites coded with Flash are reported in its search results that deal the final blow to Flash Player.
Google announced that, starting today, it will be including a message to searchers when its algorithms detect that the website is not supported by the device that they are searching from. For example, if you are using a smartphone running Android version 4.1 or newer, you will receive the following warning underneath a search result:
Faced with the option of continuing on to something that Google doesn’t like, users will more than likely begin to opt for other sites in the search results – this will start to drop Flash-based websites down in the search rankings over time.
Google, being the benevolent guardians of the web that it is, have offered assistance to those who need to get their websites off of flash and onto something more modern with links to both the developer’s Web Fundamentals and Web Starter Kit available.
While Adobe Flash will more than likely never completely disappear from the web, it seems that Google has decided that the time has come to bring down the curtain on the mass use of Flash as a web design tool.
We’re just left wondering how long it will take for all of those incredibly time-wasting Flash based minigames to get recoded for HTML instead.[Source – Google, Search Engine Land, Image – Occupy Flash]