Flash is losing its popularity and a heavy toll on the battery is one of the reasons for that. Today, Chrome is introducing a new feature in an attempt to help users save some battery juice by selectively playing flash content.
When you’re on a webpage that runs Flash, we’ll intelligently pause content (like Flash animations) that aren’t central to the webpage, while keeping central content (like a video) playing without interruption. If we accidentally pause something you were interested in, you can just click it to resume playback. This update significantly reduces power consumption, allowing you to surf the web longer before having to hunt for a power outlet.
The whole thing depends on Google’s ability to choose between content that is central to the page. With all the information and insights that Google has, this won’t be tough for them.
How do you use this feature?
This feature will be enabled by default on Chrome’s latest desktop Beta channel release starting today. This will be rolled out to the stable channel eventually.
This option will show up under the Plugins section of Settings. Like so:
via Chrome Blog.