updated 04:02 pm EDT, Tue July 15, 2014
Designed to save time wasted on incompatible content
Google has implemented a change to the way mobile search results are displayed, warning users if a website uses Adobe Flash. On devices running iOS or Android, results may now show a tag saying "Uses Flash. May not work on your device." Below this are links letting users "try anyway" or learn more about the problem.
iOS has never supported Flash, and Android hasn't supported it since v4.1. While the technology is still regularly used in desktop websites, it can be too processor- and memory-intensive for some smartphones and tablets. Flash is also often the target of hackers, and doesn't work well with touch-based controls.
Google instead recommends that developers build websites using HTML5. The company once used Flash for sites such as YouTube, but has since jettisoned the technology.