Google Chrome wants to enhance your media playback experience. In January, the company was experimenting on adding support for keyboard controls. Now, it is testing on having a play button that shows up on the browser’s toolbar.
ZDNet spotted the feature stating that the button will make it easier to pause and resume any media content that is playing in Chrome.
This play button feature is called Global Media Controls. Google is testing it on Canary, Chrome’s development browser. If it is enabled, the button appears to the URL field and highlights the content being played. The good thing is that it shows up even if the media is playing on a different tab.
If you happen to have the Canary browser, you could test this feature yourself. All you have to do is visit the experiments page. Then, go to chrome://flags/ and look for Global Media Controls.
Enable the play button when you see it. But you need to relaunch the browser first to find a play button found next to the URL field. This feature lets you skip forward or go back. You can also pause or play the content. It can work on several video sites, such as Youtube and Spotify.
The feature is still buggy. It is expected because it is not yet a final product. Thus, when you test it out, expect it to crash now and again. However, if the final version of it will come, we can expect it to work smoothly.
When you will receive the new play button is not known yet. It is not one of the highly-requested features. Then again, when it will be live, users will surely love it considering that it makes it easier to play, pause, skip forward and back when playing multimedia.
Other Helpful Features
Google Chrome has already introduced several helpful features in the past. For instance, the browser introduced a feature that lets you know which tab is playing audio. It is a useful feature so you do not have to scramble just to identify which tab plays loud music or autoplay videos.
This browser also added the ability to mute tabs. After it added a feature that shows you the tab that is making noise, Chrome introduced a feature that allows you to mute annoying tabs. With this feature, you cannot just find which tab is playing loud music but you can also mute and stop the sound on the entire page.
Users are also waiting for the arrival of the new Reader Mode. This mode will remove unnecessary content on a page that can distract users. This feature is already present on Firefox, Safari, and Edge. When it is activated, any distracting ads and other content that are irrelevant will be removed from the users’ view.
If you do wish to test out those features, expect them to crash all the time. After all, they are still in their testing stages. Chrome will still have to enhance them before making them available to a wider audience.