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Chrome’s Global Media Control Can Soon be Turned into an Always-on-top Overlay

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Google is working on improving the Global Media Control UI, the little popup on your Chrome toolbar that controls media playback. The improvement includes an option to drag this screen away and make it an always-on-top overlay.

Global Media Controls – Drag Away

If you look at the Media UI related feature requests and bug reports, you will see a lot of items mentioning Global Media Controls, GMC. Recently, one such feature request was picked up by the team and added to the Chromium code.

“Add ability to drag a notification out of the dialog”

As the name suggests, the feature request is an option to detach the GMC from Chrome window.

“We want the user to be able to click and drag a notification out of the media dialog and into an always-on-top overlay” the bug request explains further.

This feature is being added to Chrome. Earlier today we spotted a code change request adding this feature and an experimental flag to go with it.

“This CL allows the user to click and drag a media notification out of
a MediaDialogView and into an always-on-top overlay. This allows the
user to continue to control media without having to go back to the
dialog.”

Here, you can see that you will be able to separate the GMC screen from the toolbar. With that, you can have an always-on-top media control option whenever you need it.

Want to quickly play and pause media while you take notes from your online class session? This can help.

Flag -Enable overlay controls for Global Media Controls

The new flag, as usual, will be available in the Canary channel in coming weeks.

Enable overlay controls for Global Media Controls: Allowing controls to be dragged out from Global Media Controls dialog. Requires #global-media-controls to also be enabled.”

Volume Control – Coming Soon

Another feature request awaiting the team’s approval is volume control.

“GMC: add volume controls”

The only comment we see so far on this bug that it is being considered as a bug feature request. We might soon see this well coming to Chrome. We shall update you when that happens.

Flag – Global Media Controls Seamless Transfer

Another flag that we noticed for GMC in the recent days is called “Seamless Transfer”

Global Media Controls Seamless Transfer – Enables selection of audio output device to play media through in the Global Media Controls UI. Requires #global-media-controls to also be enabled.

The flag is currently available in the Canary version of Chrome. We might need some testing to confirm this. However, this might be a feature that allows us to play only audio on a separate device while playing media on Chrome, and maybe even while casting.

Source: Gerrit and bugs.chromium.org.


One response to “Chrome’s Global Media Control Can Soon be Turned into an Always-on-top Overlay”

  1. raccoon Avatar

    You forgot seeking: https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=1066849 and one of the bigger issues: chromcast control in chrome: https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=928212

    did you guys make that article that called out Google about not being able to bookmark all tabs and import/export bookmarks on Chrome for Android? I contacted you guys a few months ago, either from this or my other email account. Here’s the issue
    https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=1026222

    People called Thomas Boonsiri (a manager at Google) out on his baseless claims which were instantly disputed by us. I seriously hope you guys can cover it


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