Chrome will soon defer playback of background autoplay media and block flash ads

28 August, 2015
Your Chrome browsing experience is about to get a lot better and far less annoying thanks to these two new features that are coming soon.

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  • cowidster

Anonymous, 28 Aug 2015Ya on mobile there's a website i can't even view cos of the Ad, ... moreOn mobile you need root access and then install adaway or adfree.

  • cowidster

Anonymous, 28 Aug 2015Ya on mobile there's a website i can't even view cos of the Ad, ... moreSimply add to your browser an addons like Adblock plus. As simple as that! You can ad helper for it, such element hiding helper etc.

  • Anonymous

AnonD-424948, 28 Aug 2015They should block annoying full screen pop-up ads too. (I mean o... moreYa on mobile there's a website i can't even view cos of the Ad, anything i click open up the ad. I just stop going there.

  • AnonD-152638

I had to get ad blocker because ads on some sites kept loading slowly and making the page jump, when I had already started doing something. Sometimes resulting in clickng on things I did not want to click.

I'm not sure if those were flash ads. Given how slow they loaded, they very well might have been.
If they were, so chrome will fix that by blocking flash ads, I might start using chrome on all my devices.

But I do wish, new tabs would not autoload at all in chrome... or for there to be a setting to turn that of, rather. I often open several of tabs of things to go through, and really dont need them to load before I actually move to that tab.
Also If I left tabs when I closed the browser I would rather they did not load automaticaly, cause if there is an article I didn't have time to read before turning the computer off, does not mean I have time to read it the next time I start chrome, either. I rather save the resources for the things I'm actually doing at that time.

  • AnonD-152638

Anonymous, 28 Aug 2015Chrome and "fewer resources" in the same sentence. Chr... moreBut it's probably true, with flash ads it probably ate your battery even quicker.

But no, Chrome isn't a lightweight application, unfortunately.

  • AnonD-424948

They should block annoying full screen pop-up ads too. (I mean on mobile phones)

Yuri84, 28 Aug 2015So they just want to push flash out of the picture? I thought fl... moreEven now many popular websites wont play video without flash like in yahoo videos, bbc etc.

AnonD-351867, 28 Aug 2015I am a heavy web user, I keep switching between firefox and chro... moreYou can use waterfox, it is a 64 bit browser based on firefox :)

  • Anonymous

So this is for the desktop build? As mobile chrome doesn't even have flash support.

  • Anonymous

Chrome and "fewer resources" in the same sentence. Chrome eats my laptop battery whenever I run it.

  • AnonD-351867

I am a heavy web user, I keep switching between firefox and chrome, i was a long time chrome user when firefox used to crash, i liked that i can individually kill a tab that use up lots of cpu, but i switched to firefox recenly coz i liked its audio playback pause after restarting, its tab scrolling, and lower memory, but i hated that there is no 64 bit version for my heavy usage, now with this audio playback additon to chrome it is even harder to choose a default browser, i hope firefox comes with 64 bit, Microsoft edge browser is a weak browser.

  • AnonD-77464

AnonD-434481, 28 Aug 2015What if you actually WANT background audio?You can have background audio. To make it clear for you:
Let's assume that you are searching for something in google and you open (in the background) the first 5 results. And one of them starts playing that audio, without you even knowing which one it is. Now chrome will wait to START playing that, until you (at least once) look at that page, after that it won't stop that audio.

Lol@ fewer resources. The irony.

  • ithehappy

lol.Google, an ad company finally stopping flash ads. rofl

So they just want to push flash out of the picture? I thought flash died years ago when everyone stopped supporting it and switched to HTML5 anyways.

As for defering playback of background autoplay media - great! Now I wonder why they didn't do it yet. Those background youtube links that start playing as soon as you launch browser are annoying.

  • AnonD-434481

What if you actually WANT background audio?