Media reported that Google has been studying the chrome browser’s global media controls to make it easier for users to control media content playing in the background. For example, control the videos and music played in Chrome directly on the browser’s toolbar. Over the weekend, Google brought this silent improvement to Chrome on Windows 10. Instead of manually enabling the relevant tags, the user simply waits for the update to be activated on the server side.
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The update is now in the process of being rolled out and will be available to all Chrome 79 users in the coming days. If you can’t wait, you can also manually activate the new media playback control:
(1) Launch Chrome;
(2) Go to chrome://flags, search for ‘global media controls’;
(3) Enable the tag, and then restart the browser.
When this feature is activated, you can see the play button on the toolbar as long as you have media playing in the foreground or background. If you don’t see it, you can also go to a video site,such as Youtube and try clicking on any video.
A play button appears next to the address bar, with metadata for media content (such as title, source) and a play, pause, and skip button.
The feature is also known to be used not only on YouTube, but on all other modern sites, including Spotify, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Dailymotion and Microsoft.
Although only a small addition, it can at least make it easier for people to find tabs for sound in play. In addition, Microsoft is developing similar features for a new edge browser based on the Chromium kernel.
Other Chromium browsers are also expected to receive improvements to the media playback controls in the coming months.