Google Chrome OS Has Some Serious Flash Issues

by Briley 3

Google Chrome OS was released to the public right alongside Google’s CR-48 notebook. However according to system testers and notebook owners the combination of the operating system on Intel Atom-powered machines has difficulty running Flash-based websites and web videos. This means users have experienced less than par performance levels on many of the most popular websites out there.

Google is blatantly aware of the issue and is working with Adobe to fix the problem.

According to Adobe, “Flash Player 10.1 support remains a work in progress. Video performance in particular is the primary area for improvement and we are actively working with the engineers at Google to address this.”

Some of the most popular websites running Adobe Flash include Hulu, YouTube, HBO, CNN, and many more. This is very discerning news for average consumers.

Also because Flash has been fully integrated into the Google Chrome operating system some aspects of the OS might suffer additional difficulties in performance. Users of the OS need not worry about searching for updates and fixes for Adobe plugins however, as future software fixes will be combined with updates for the actual operating system.

The Chrome OS is set for an official launch in Q2 2011, which is quickly drawing near. Hopefully Google and Adobe can work together to fix the performance issues before the release date hits. Certainly consumers will not welcome the issues and bugs, which could make or break the operating system in the end.

Comments (3)

  1. I am a Chrome OS beta tester and have tried to use the CR-48 exclusively over the past couple of weeks. The OS is very nice and I can see great things for it on more powerful machines. However, Flash video play is almost unusable. Youtube videos on the lowest setting work at a barely acceptable rate but anything else is terrible. In fact I have abandoned use of the CR-48 for any video watching. I know this is only the Beta testing phase, but this really needs to be worked out by Google/Flash. There is high level of crashing.

  2. yaaa you are right, i also found some error with flash n shockwave..

  3. There are several known bugs where loading up a flash file will freeze a browser. This is common in IE8, Firefox, and even Chrome. There’s a simple fix: install adobe flash 10.x beta. there are a few flash files around the web which will think you’re using such an old version of flash, it will ask you to upgrade to a current version. I’ve not seen this error often..

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