Google Is Testing Play/Pause Button For Chrome’s Toolbar

Posted: Jul 7 2019, 4:00am CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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Google tests Play/Pause button for Chrome’s toolbar
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The upcoming feature could be Google’s compromise for removing users’ ability to mute a tab by clicking the speaker icon.

Google Chrome users could soon be able to pause and play videos online without having to click at the actual video that is playing on a window.

ZDNet reports that Google is testing a new feature, called Global Media Controls, that would see play/pause and previous/next buttons on the toolbar, on the right side of the URL and adjacent to extension buttons.

The tech giant reportedly turned the feature on in Chrome Canary, Google’s experimental version of Chrome.

If confirmed and ultimately rolled out to the wider Chrome user base, the tool would help solve the common hassle of having to scroll through a particular video on a website just to pause it when you’re about to check other tabs. This is usually encountered in news pages that automatically play tidbits of news videos in tiny floating windows. Users are often left wondering where the sound of a certain video comes from because they’re strategically placed in between other parts of a page.

Global Media Controls, or GMC, could prove to be a useful tool to give Chrome users more control over their browsing experience, especially with those who open 15 or more tabs at a time. It could also appear to be Google’s compromise for removing users’ ability to mute a tab by clicking the speaker icon that appears whenever an audio or video is playing on a certain tab. Google removed this feature last year.

ZDNet said it tested the controls, and accordingly, it works with both audio and video content, making it more appealing to users who play Spotify and Netflix on the background. The news outlet added that the feature is still buggy and crashes almost all the time whenever they attempt to pause a video.

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The report said GMC will be integrated into Chrome's desktop versions for Windows, Mac, and Linux. However, it was not confirmed whether the feature would also be available for Google’s own Chrome OS as well.

Google has yet to officially announce the rollout of the upcoming feature. According to ZDNet, Chrome Canary users can turn on the feature through: chrome://flags/#global-media-controls.

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