If you have ever had to deal with remembering which tabs have videos or songs playing when using Google Chrome, then you would understand browsing isn’t the easiest thing to do. It’s most odd when you receive a call and want to hurriedly pause the music or video to pickup the call or pay rapt attention to an email.
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Google latest Chrome update has taken off the pains by adding a new button that gathers all the media playing in your browser and displays play, pause and skip buttons for each one, so you wouldn’t have to struggle anymore.
If you’re using the latest Chrome browser, then you’ll see a button with three lines and a music note sitting on the toolbar. By simply clicking the button, all your media will appear drop down boxes.
There’re controls for YouTube videos, it also have preview images so you can know exactly what you’re pausing or playing. Think of having music and podcasts with the same visual touch, and a play bar scrubber, it’s sure going to add more fun.
Then, in the event that you’ve got an audio file or video that you don’t need to control, you just need to hit the X button in the upper right corner of the box and it will go away until you reload the tab then it returns again.
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If you have seen the play controls in Android notification shade and in the Chrome OS notification center, then you would have an idea of what the feature is like.
This feature initially came to Chromium test builds, but Google rolled it out today as a part of Chrome version 79 feature. We aren’t sure if everyone will have access to this feature as yet, but it’s clear that those who doesn’t have will pretty soon.