Finally ditched! YouTube has officially dropped Flash support in favor of HTML5 for its Web player as a default tech. Detailed below! Adobe Flash platform however been loosing its grip, when it comes to a desktop or mobile phone. As we saw Android pulling the plug on Flash with the release of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and to top things off, Apple’s X CEO Steve Jobs, had been pretty vocal about the shortcoming of the platform, citing performance and other crashing issues with it.
In was indeed the Flash based Web player for YouTube that had the streaming company rise to its might today, but in the recent years we’ve seen the emergence of HTML5, touted as a far superior technology that removes all issues that developers seem to have had with Adob’s platform, particularly when we talk about Shockwave Flash. On web browser strucks always.
YouTube was however working on to bring HTML5 for quite few years now, with the streaming giant offering playback on a number of platforms, including iOS that does not support Flash as it stands. HTML5 is far beyond the best technology which is now being incorporated as the default player in most modern browsers.
What actually made HTML5 topple Flash as the leading technology behind the most popular player on YouTube. With the new Web standard offers higher video quality than Flash but at a reduced bandwidth by 35%. And uses of Adaptive Bitrate for streaming “has reduced buffering by more than 50 percent globally and as much as 80 percent on heavily-congested networks.”
YouTube will now be using HTML5 as its default player in Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Safari 8 and the beta releases of Mozilla’s Firefox browser.
As per the Richard Leider, a YouTube engineer, HTML5 is now being used in smart TVs and other streaming devices as well. In order to grab the benifits that extand beyond just modern desktop browsers, Flash has to be left behinbd the scenes.
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