Google Chrome’s media player is getting playback speed controls

Google Chrome media controls

Most of us tend to use YouTube and apps when it comes to
streaming content on desktop, but there are instances when
you’ve to rely on Chromium’s HTML-based in-built media player,
which is used in Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and other
Chromium-based browsers.

As per the new code
commits, it looks like Google is adding new playback speed
controls to Chromium. This change is going to benefit all
Chromium browsers, such as Microsoft Edge and Google Chome.

Google’s new feature will allow anyone to change the playback
speed for slowed-down and faster watching. Like YouTube, Chrome
or Edge will allow people to reduce native playback speed all
the way down to 0.25x and speed up by 2x. It’s worth noting
that these playback speed options are also available on
downloaded videos.

Chrome playback controls
Image Courtesy: Google | Modified by Windows Latest for
better clarity

The other available controls seem pretty much the same,
including the play and pause button, and picture in picture.
The interface of the player remains unchanged.

New global media controls

Last year, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge were updated with
new media playback controls. As you may be aware, the feature
allows you to control the media contents directly from the
toolbar. It comes with simple back controls with options to
pause/resume the video and close the player.

The feature was later updated with support for the song’s album
art and live captions.

Chrome media controls

In Chrome 91, Google is experimenting with a new modern look
for the media playback controls. As you can see in the above
screenshot, Google has changed the interface of the player and
enabled a new dynamic background to better support the album
art (if available).

Likewise, Google has changed the position of controls. For
example, the new progress bar is underneath the playback
controls, which are at the top. The other options are album
art, song title and URL of the player.

The new media playback control is currently available in Chrome
Canary only. It’s likely that the feature will also come to
Microsoft Edge. If you can’t wait, you can enable it using a
command-line flag:


You need to add the above command in the target field of the
Microsoft Edge (Canary) shortcut.

In addition to these improvements, Microsoft and Google are
working on new Progressive Web App (PWA) features for
Chrome and Edge.

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