Google Chrome is the American tech giant's internet client that is hugely popular.In fact, the software far surpasses the likes of Microsoft Edge,
Google Chrome is the American tech giant’s internet client that is hugely popular.
In fact, the software far surpasses the likes of Microsoft Edge, Safari and Mozilla Firefox in terms of monthly users on both desktops and mobile.
Google regularly updates the browser, bringing new features and improvements for fans to enjoy.
The latest of which brings support for multimedia keys on both laptops and desktops.
This means if the user is watching a video using the software, they will be able to control playback using their keyboard.
ZDNet was the first to report on the new functionality and insisted it will arrive in Google Chrome version 73 that will debut next month.
It added Chrome OS, macOS and Windows platforms will support it.
However, it was insisted Linux users will have to wait for the latest iteration of Chrome.
No specific released date for the update on Linux was provided.
Initially, support for “play”, “pause,” “previous track,” “next track,” “seek backward,” and “seek forward” will be offered in addition to mute.
ZDNet also noted the function keys will be able to control Chrome even if it is not the main programme being used in a particular circumstance.
That means users will be able to control playback even if they have Chrome minimised.
While certain applications and Chrome extensions currently already allow for media controls to be harnessed, such as Key Socket Media Keys, Chrome 73 will mark the first time they are supported in an official capacity from Google itself.
The new feature can currently be tested in either Chrome Canary or the Google Chrome 73 Beta.
The final build of Google Chrome version 73 will be released on March 12, according to Google’s official platform status page.