Google soon could be testing an additional button to the Chrome browser which would allow the user to play or pause videos from any tab.
A recent release of the Chrome Canary development version contains a brand new feature known as Global Media Controls. Once this has been enabled, a play icon appears next to the URL in case a video is being played on any tab. Clicking this button enables a larger panel to open up which allows the user to play, pause or even skip forward and backward without the requirement of opening the video.
This feature would be best clubbed with using YouTube or while aiming to control auto-pay videos. It would also be an interesting new change on the browser since the muting of tabs has now been removed from settings. A tab can still be right clicked to be muted.
Global Media Controls are going to end up being a more versatile feature especially for those who use YouTube.
After review, the feature shows that both audio and video can be controlled, though some websites remain free of the controls. The feature seemed to have bugs and crashed consistently when used.
It is still in its earliest phases of testing and if Google decides to place it in the main browser, there is no doubt I will be incorporated brilliantly. Download the Canary browser through this link and then proceed to enable the flag if you wish to test out the feature for yourself: chrome://flags/#global-media-controls