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Picture-in-Picture Extended to Extensions and Chrome Apps

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Google Chrome’s Picture-in-Picture is being extended to extensions and Chrome Apps. I am trying really hard to imagine how those windows will look like, especially extensions. We will have to wait and see how that’s going to look like.

This showed up as two different code commits this week.

The Code

The first to reach the code was PIP for Chrome Apps:

Enable Picture-in-Picture for chrome apps.

This CL enables Picture-in-Picture in chrome apps by implementing
EnterPictureInPicture and ExitPictureInPicture in AppDelegate.

Today, the code for extensions was added:

This CL enables Picture-in-Picture in extensions by implementing
EnterPictureInPicture and ExitPictureInPicture in ExtensionHostDelegate.

With these two additions, the Picture-in-Picture feature on Chrome and Chrome OS will almost be complete. On Chrome OS, if we can use PIP for all the elements, browsing tabs, Chrome appsand extensions, along with Android apps, that’s going to be pretty neat.

Google Chrome Update Cup

We cannot, however, expect these features to be ready an available for everyone very soon. PIP for Chrome first showed up in Chrome Flags back in 2017. It took a long time for it to be available.

Anyways, I am really curious to find out how PIP will look like when Chrome Apps and extensions are added to the mix.

What about you?



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