Google has officially announced it will ban the autoplay feature in Chrome browser. The search engine company said the ban will be applicable from 1 September, 2015.
However, you can still watch flash related videos linked on any webpage by right-clicking on the window and choosing the "Run This Plugin" menu.
Earlier this year, Google alerted Adobe that they might modify the behaviour of flash contents appended on web pages.
If you are unaware, Flash contents are allowed to be appended on web pages through an embedded video player, automatically allowing the contents to start playing once the page is opened through a browser. These autoplay videos sometime bring down the system performance, eat lots of Internet bandwidth and consume excessive battery life of portable devices. It was never considered as a problem till several malware developers started injecting malicious codes into the embedded flash files.
In July this year, Mozilla also announced a ban on autoplay flash videos on Firefox browser. Though Adobe Flash Player is immensely popular for small games and videos, the player received mixed reaction from several companies. Years ago, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs wrote an open letter to Adobe Flash and decided not to feature it in iOS.