Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Google Chrome Spotted With Global Media Controls in the Toolbar

Google Chrome Spotted With Global Media Controls in the Toolbar

Google appears to be on a mission to improve the online media playback experience: not long after adding support for keyboard controls, it's now experimenting with a play button that appears on Chrome's toolbar.

We were unable to access the feature in Chrome Canary, but reports from users who have access to the button report that it is quite buggy and prone to crashing.

The feature will be named Global Media Controls, and has been rolled out to the latest version of Chrome's Canary distribution. At this point, it appears to only work with YouTube videos and it does not matter if its embedded or being watched directly on As shown in the image above, the button appears in the upper-right side of the browser, next to the URL bar, and is accessible even for videos that are playing in background tabs. It will also use Chrome's Media Session API to retrieve information about the video, such as the publisher, title, and artwork, and display it in the overlay. Once the feature has been enabled, you will be able to see a small tab open next to the URL field which will highlight what is playing even if it's on a different tab. In conjunction with that, there's no indication from Google when or if the feature will be integrated into Chrome officially.

The only search results will be the one for "Gloal Media Controls", which you should set to Enabled. If you wish to try it yourself, though, you can download the Canary browser and test out the feature yourself.

As previously stated, in tests conducted by BleepingComputer, this feature is in very early development and will crash often.

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