Google implements Flash with Instant Previews

It was today that Google chose to implement their newest change for the Instant Preview feature on their world-leading search engine. When you tried to use the Instant Preview feature with a Flash-based site in the past, it would not work, and instead displayed a plug-in error as the Google bots would not display Flash support.

As Electronista reports, this is no longer the case; Flash works with the Instant Preview feature now. The limitation seems to have been eradicated. According to Raj Krishnan, one of Google's product leads, the change would make end users 'happier', and encouraged web developers to optimize their code so that Flash would run more quickly.

Google is commonly perceived as having the best business relationship with Adobe; the two companies have been rather closely connected in the past. Android 2.2 and up have included Flash support, and Flash is built-into Google's Chrome web browser as well. As of now, it is unknown whether or not Flash will be supported in the Instant Preview feature for Android devices, but if Google's past relationships with Adobe are anything to go by, the two are almost definitely looking into making it happen if it is not already available.

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Why not?? Flash shaped the current design of websites.. if it wasn't for flash, no websites would have looked as good and as interactive as they are now.. Just because Apple can't be bothered to support flash doesn't mean it should stop being used. Flash is brilliant, and always has been. Good to see Google standing by Adobe.

leeoniya said,
i find Instant Previews to be some of the most annoying $h1t ever. it would be at least somewhat useable if the was an explicit button for it which did not auto-enable if for every whitespace click on every other search result. who thinks this stuff up, honestly?

if not for adblock plus filters or greasemonkey, i would switch to another search engine.

This is one of those features that should be optional. A good, and quite useful, trick is to add an "s" to your google address https://www.google.com and you will be taken to encrypted.google.com a clean version of the site with an additional layer of encryption.

tensegrity said,

This is one of those features that should be optional. A good, and quite useful, trick is to add an "s" to your google address https://www.google.com and you will be taken to encrypted.google.com a clean version of the site with an additional layer of encryption.

How to turn encrypted.google.com as default search engine in Chrome :

Click the Wrench menu, click Options, then go to Basics and find the Search section. Click on Manage search engines… button.
You'll get a window with all the Search Engines that your Chrome OS knows about. At the bottom of the “Other search engines” list, you'll see a row for adding a new search engine.
In “Add a new search engine“, put something like: Google SSL
In “Keyword“, put something like: encrypted.google.com
In “URL with %s in place of query“, put the URL we made from above: https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=%s
Hit Enter.
Hover over the newly created search engine entry, and click Make Default when the button appears over the URL column.
Then try out a new search in the Omnibox and it should be SSL'd through Google's SSL Beta search service.

i find Instant Previews to be some of the most annoying $h1t ever. it would be at least somewhat useable if the was an explicit button for it which did not auto-enable if for every whitespace click on every other search result. who thinks this stuff up, honestly?

if not for adblock plus filters or greasemonkey, i would switch to another search engine.

Flash should be supported until developers stop using it. It's not up to Google or Apple to decide that... so, good to see this.