Gmail, Reader, and the rest of the Google Apps family aren’t the only Google products that have recently gotten a major facelift. Two days ago my Google Analytics account was upgraded to the new look, and on loading it for the first time I was somewhat stunned to find that Google Analytics still uses Flash for interactive charts and other widgets. Really, Google? Even Adobe has abandoned Flash, at least in its mobile incarnation; the desktop version surely can’t be far from similar defenestration.
I’m not sure what’s behind Google’s slowness to banish Flash from its internal offerings, but my guess is that it has something to do with the company’s famously decentralized and engineering-led product culture. With newly minted CEO Larry Page taking a firmer grip on the reins, here’s hoping that Page will make a companywide anti-Flash edict part of his whip-cracking, house-cleaning, product-axing overhaul.