10 July 2019
Google is continuously making its Chrome browser more productive by adding new features and capabilities to it via several upgrades. And, now an interesting feature is coming to the browser that will let you control media playback right from the screen, when you’re on a browser, of course. This way you may not need to go to the video page you’ve opened in one tab and press media keys to control playback.
The new feature will be helpful for the users who like to listen to music or video in another tab while they work. It will come out as a handy feature, in fact. The tech site TechDows has even shared a screenshot of this feature to let us know how it looks like on the screen. According to the site, it’s “Global Media Controls UI” introduced in Canary version 77 and it can be enabled and seen from the toolbar.
Note that currently, Chrome overlays media control for YouTube videos when media keys are pressed. But now these new Global Media Controls always stay on the screen when YouTube videos are playing; they don’t overlay nor do they require media keys usage.
If you want to see the new feature in action then update Chrome Canary to the latest version and visit Chrome://flags, then search for “Global” and find “Global Media Controls” flag. Select “Enabled” and restart the browser. And, to test this feature, visit YouTube and play any video, a play icon will appear on the toolbar with Global Media Controls enabled, click on it to see media controls UI.
But must note that the Canary version is the most unstable version and it contains bugs. In fact, as reported by TechDows, after updating to the latest Canary version, the browser crashed several times. So, you must be prepared for any kind of issue occurs after this update.