One of the many annoying things in the process of browsing the web is the problem of auto-playback of multimedia content. Mainstream browsers, including Chrome and Firefox, have optimized the experience, including the default blocking of multimedia autoplay in global settings, and quick control of sound icons on the right side of the tab. But if you’re opening too many tabs right now, it’s harder to find a tab that’s playing a sound.
To that end, Google is adding a new media center to its Chrome browser. This is a brand new button that will appear next to your profile picture icon. No matter which label you use, you can view the media that is playing in your browser. It is also more powerful than a simple mute button because it actually provides the user with playback controls. You can pause or skip to the next video or track on websites that support the video so you can enter the playlist without leaving the current tab.
This is not a new feature, which appeared in Chrome OS last August. But starting today, Chrome users on Windows, macOS and Linux can also manage the audio of their browsers more easily. It remains to be seen whether other browsers will follow suit.