Improvements to Chromebook’s media controls will be ubiquitous
In fact, the media controls found on a Chromebook or in Chrome in general might soon look a lot more like Android.
What changes are made to media controls in Chrome and Chromebook?
Now, there are actually two notable changes in the direction of Android to cover here. First and foremost, Google is finally apparently going to add a scrub bar. For clarity, this is the partially colored bar typically used as a cursor to navigate to various parts of the media being played.
But Google will also be bringing back a feature that was previously in place for media controls on the Chromebook and Chrome platforms. Namely, the color coding of items on the orders. Such as play and navigation buttons.
Prior to a recent update, Google displayed these and the player background in a color theme to match the content. For example, it might be displayed in black for an album with a black album art. But it would play with a different color if the album cover justified it too. With text and icons changing to stay visible based on that background color.
When will these changes happen?
None of these changes have appeared in Stable Channel yet, ready for everyday use. Instead, it’s hidden behind a flag setting on chrome: // flags on beta strings Chromium OS 91. It is also found on other desktop platforms on the same version. Specifically behind a “# global-media-controls-modern-ui” flag.
So, as soon as possible, it could happen at the end of May – May 25, to be exact. And, for Chromebooks, it’s a little later, June 1. Tue May 25, 2021. If Google pushes development further, it could arrive with Chrome 92 from mid-July to late July, depending on the platform.