Chrome 23 entered the beta channel this week, bringing with it a number of improvements and new features. The latest beta build of Google’s flagship browser, according to Google software engineer Justin Uberti, has everything developers need “to take video engagement to the next level.”
Upcoming Android 4.1 Jelly Bean devices, starting with Google's recently unveiled Nexus 7 tablet, will not receive official Flash Player support from Adobe. Moreover, Adobe announced plans to pull Flash Player from the Google Play Store on August 15 for unsupported devices, and while you can expect Flash updates to roll out for older hardware running Android 4.0 or earlier, it's clear the future lies in HTML5.
Skype is virtually everywhere. There are native Skype clients for almost all major platforms, from the PC to mobile devices to connected TVs. But what about the Web? After all, it too is an apps platform, and a powerful one at that. Even though a browser-based version of Skype doesn’t exist at the moment, recent job postings by Microsoft have revealed that an effort to remedy this situation is already underway.
Nowadays instances of major online content providers ditching Flash entirely or in part are becoming very common. The latest do so is the venerable British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the largest broadcaster on planet Earth. According to a report, videos on both the mobile and regular versions of the BBC News site are now available in HTML5.
Adobe last month said it no longer intended to take on HTML5 with its Flash platform across mobile browsers, hailing the former as the “best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms.” It also made it clear that the release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook was going to be its last for mobile browsers. But following the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Adobe announced it would also be releasing a minor update in December to add Flash and AIR support to the world’s first Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) device, which did not support these technologies at launch.
Microsoft always seemed a little embarrassed by SkyDrive, its online file storage and sharing tool. It was shoved off in the corner, not integrated with other products where it might be useful. Then today Redmond dropped a huge HTML5-centric update on us that makes SkyDrive more than usable. It’s actually kind of good.
Early adopters of Google’s new flagship phone, the Galaxy Nexus, were a little concerned when Adobe Flash didn’t come pre-loaded on the device, and was nowhere to be found in the Android Market. With the recent announcement that Adobe was walking away from mobile Flash, many users expected this to be the abrupt end of the line. Now Adobe has explained its position in a more nuanced way than before, and users won’t be left out in the cold just yet.
Ever since Adobe announced its decision to abandon the development of Flash for mobile devices, there has been a lot of speculation about the ubiquitous plugin’s future. While it’s difficult to tell exactly how much more time Flash has left to go, that it will be usurped by HTML5 is almost certain. In the meantime, browser vendors can hone their browsers’ HTML5 skills. This is what Mozilla has been doing for some time now. Now it’s readying yet another feature that will benefit Firefox’s overall HTML5 capabilities.
Opera today released a new beta version of its eponymous browser. The Opera 11.60 (Tunny) beta brings a host of changes, enhancements and bug fixes. These include “major changes to both the user interface and the core of the browser.” Hit the jump for more.