A smaller but quite useful new feature in the Google Chrome is “the global media controls which will allow you to control from a widget all the video and audio sources in the current tabs”. With this feature, now you can switch to next song from the favorite web-based music streaming service as well as can start and stop a YouTube video which is playing in the background, or also you can switch back and forth between the video that is being played in various tabs without hunting around the browser for the particular tab. Also, it is not like going to rock the world, however, still a useful newer feature.
Google started these media controls from the previous year when it activated this feature for the Chromebook users, but that is now live in stable channel for every Chrome users across the desktop platforms. Also, it seems to work with several media tabs that you can handle though from what the TechCrunch has seen, the Google’s own services such as YouTube Music and YouTube now tend to get more options for being used as an extensive control option with the thumbnails while the Spotify showed only 3 controls to return and to skip to the following song and pause.
If you want to give a try, simply play a media in your tabs and look for the newer media control icon to pop up the right of URL field. It is also worth nothing that newer Chromium based Microsoft Edge that came out of the preview yesterday, features the specific similar media controls in the pre-release channels though yet they have not made that into the stable release.