Chrome OS introduced media controls to its notification center back in August, and they are now appearing on the lockscreen. A similar feature is now coming through the “media hub” to Chrome for Mac, Windows, and Linux with playback now controllable right next to the Omnibox.
The problem Google wants to eliminate is not understanding what the media on the tab is playing from. While a black volume icon is already displayed in the tab strip by the user, it is quite small Even then, to pause, you still have to navigate to the page
This new media center for Chrome provides real audio controls in a consistent toolbar location This appears on the left side of your profile icon and can not be moved while auto-hiding if there is no media player on the site.
Tapping the music note icon shows a notification from Android-esque. The whole box is the focus of cover art, while the top-left domain is noted. Followed by the title of the song and the artist. Play / pause and rewind / forward buttons are also available below, with a near button.
This is part of “features aiming to enhance your media experience in Chrome.” according to Google. This includes support for key media hardware and picture-in-picture over the past year. In 2020, the company is referring to more functionality
The Chrome media hub for Windows, Mac and Linux users is rolling out with version 79. By setting this flag, you can enable it immediately: