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Google tests dynamic backgrounds and scrubbing for Chrome's new media controls

Google tests dynamic backgrounds and scrubbing for Chrome's new media controls

Last year, Google introduced new media playback controls for Chrome and Chrome OS, helping you control music or videos playing in the background without opening the respective window or tab. While the feature is already incredibly useful in its current form, Google is looking to make it even better by adding a scrubbing bar and a background matching the album cover or thumbnail.

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Google is bringing Android 11's media notifications to Chrome OS

Google is bringing Android 11's media notifications to Chrome OS

Tired of the awful Chrome OS media controls wasting your precious notification space?

I think you'll agree that the Chrome OS notification area needs work. The media controls in Chrome OS take a large amount of vertical space in the notification area and push critical information like calendar reminders off to the side. I was honestly pretty stoked when Google merged media controls in the notification area in 2019. I no longer needed to rummage through my Chrome tabs and apps to pause whatever media was playing in the background, which was super annoying (the "pause" button on the keyboard didn't work at the time).

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Google Chrome might soon get media control buttons for cast content

Google Chrome might soon get media control buttons for cast content

Google recently added a 'global media controls' flag to Chrome that lets you control foreground and background media right from the browser's toolbar. The feature has since arrived on the stable release of Chrome, though it still needs to be activated via chrome://flags/#global-media-controls before you can use it. To make it even handier, Google seems to be working on adding the ability to control cast content via these playback buttons.

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