Facebook has stopped using Adobe’s Flash technology to show video across the entire social network.Instead Facebook has developed a video player built around the widely used HTML5 technology. Games on Facebook would still use Flash, it said, but it was looking into ways to change those too.
Facebook takes more step to browser-agnostic logic
This is a move that is browser-agnostic, and means that every single video you see on the social network will default to HTML5. While many will see this as a cause for celebration, the change does not completely spell the death of Flash — it will continue to be used on Facebook for many games.
Facebook’s Daniel Baulig says that the social network is in talks with Adobe to find a reliable way to switch games to HTML5, but for now it is videos that are affected by the changes. The company has spent time diagnosing HTML5 problems in various web browsers, and this ultimately led to the decision to roll out HTML5 video support to all browsers rather than creating a fragmented experience for users.
HTML5 is not only faster and more secure than Flash, but it also allows for easier development and scaling. Facebook reports that videos start to play faster, and this leads to greater interaction.
All Facebook videos now load via HTML5 by default. Facebook says that it is still working with Adobe to deliver reliable and secure flash experience. However, Facebook has switched to HTML5 video playback by default in all browsers.
Prior to this move Facebook was using HTML5 for web video on the Newsfeed and other pages, but HTML5 didn’t work perfectly on older browsers. Lots of debugging has now been performed to make it work on all browsers and set HTML5 as default for all browsers.
Although HTML5 video has long since been the preference of Facebook and just about every other site out there, some issues prevented it from being the universal standard, but thanks to some intensive coding work from Facebook developers in order to ensure the platform performs perfectly on older browsers, it has now officially ditched the unloved Adobe application.
Facebook is far from the only entity to leave Flash behind in 2015. The writing on the wall is so big at this point that even Adobe acknowledged the trend, stating earlier this month that it has begun encouraging content creators to embrace new web standards.
“Today, open standards like HTML5 have matured and provide many of the capabilities that Flash ushered in. Our customers have clearly communicated that they would like our creative applications to evolve to support multiple standards and we are committed to doing that,” Adobe said.
At the same time, Adobe is writing Flash’s obituary. Adobe continues to plug security holes, and even though Facebook is switching over to HTML5 for its web videos, the social network said it will continue to “work together with Adobe to deliver a reliable and secure Flash experience for games” on its platform.