Google has updated the desktop version of its popular Chrome browser with a feature that may make the software even more attractive to users out there. Chrome as you already know, is the world’s most used browser, and a picture-in-picture feature may just have affirmed that even further.
The Android version of the app has been in use for years, and adding it to the desktop version is perhaps, one of the best moves ever. Picture-in-picture mode allows you to watch YouTube or Netflix video while doing other things.
For those who have been observant, the picture-in-picture feature was technically made available by Google in Chrome 69 beta—and the fact that it has now been added to version 70 means it is now publicly available.
The picture-in-picture mode, according to TNW, works when you open a video, right click on it, and select picture-in-picture. Your video will then be transferred to a floating window where you can then resize or move it to suit your taste. This will remain at the top of all other apps and windows as you do other things on your system.
PiP is available on Chrome 70 on Windows, Mac, and Linux, while Chrome OS users may have to wait awhile to be able to access the feature.
Google Chrome clocked 10 years a few weeks back, and Google used the occasion to announce a few new features. The company introduced among other new features Material Theme as well as a couple of other changes.
To make the Chrome browser even more efficient and safe for all, Google has introduced some changes. “Chrome 70, which is now being rolled out as beta with various new APIs for developers, will no longer include the Android and iOS build number in the user-agent identification string visible to websites,” Google said at the time.
That update also added the ability to use fingerprint sensor to the browser—drawing strength from the existing Android fingerprint sensors and MacBook Pro Touch ID sensors for scans.
The fingerprint sensor feature will further improve user privacy and make the browser even safer for users. It further confirms the belief that the Chrome browser is the most secure and most efficient among other top browsers available at the moment.
Chrome 70 beta also came with a couple of other changes such as Web Bluetooth support for Windows 10. This feature will further add the ability to communicate with other Bluetooth enabled devices nearby.
A new experimental Shape Detection API is also being introduced to Chrome by Google. This will allow users to identify faces, barcodes, and text in images, which include scanning QR codes.
When dialog boxes for things like payments, file pickers, or authentication prompts pop up, Chrome will automatically exit full-screen mode. This is to enable users have better context for decisions when prompts are being filled out.